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Mentoring and Coaching in Early Childhood Education


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Introduction Part I: Mentoring and Coaching Theory 1. Theory of Mentoring and Coaching in Early Childhood, Michael Gasper 2. The Importance and Value of Mentoring and Coaching in the Early Years, Michael Reed and Rosie Walker 3. Mentoring and Coaching and Their Relationship to Management and Leadership in Early Education, Josephine Bleach 4. Providing Professional Support to Mentors and Coaches in Early Childhood Education, Siobhan Keegan 5. Creating Safe Reflective Spaces for Child Protection Practice, Claire Majella Richards 6. Pedagogic Mediation in the Early Years, Helen Lyndon 7. A Research Based Approach to Mentoring for Success for Early Years Teachers, Jill Harrison and Diana Harris 8. Transforming Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education, Naseema Shaik and Hasina Ebrahim 9. Insights on Mentoring Practices within the Early Childhood Sector in Singapore, Doranna Wong, Manjula Waniganayake and Fay Hadley 10. Individualized yet Standardized Approaches to Coaching in Early Childhood Education, Karrie Snider and Maggie Holley Reflections Introduction to Part II Part II: Appreciative Enquiry - Theory in Practice 11. Appreciative Inquiry Mentoring to Implement the Early Years Bicultural Curriculum, Chris Jenkin, New Zealand 12. Finding Community through an Induction Support Project, Laura K. Doan, Canada 13. Coaching Teams of Early Years Professionals throughout a County in England, Becky Poulter Jewson, England 14. Using Collaborative Coaching Where Teachers are Experts, Karrie Snider and Maggie Holley, United States 15. Coaching When Teacher Commitment, Confidence and Knowledge are Low, Karrie Snider and Maggie Holley, United States 16. Cultural Awareness, Narratives and Identity, Kaat Verhaege and Joke Den Haese, Belgium 17. Three Key Stages in Mentoring and Coaching, Michael Gasper, United Kingdom 18. Using Preservice Teachers as Mentors to In-service Early Years Teachers to Promote Meaningful Child Participation, Naseema Shaik and Hasina Ebrahim, South Africa 19. Critical Reflections on Emerging Themes, Michael Gasper and Rosie Walker Index

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Provides an introduction to the theory and practice of mentoring, coaching and supervision.

About the Author

Michael Gasper is a self-employed Early Years consultant and an associate lecturer at Birmingham City University, UK. Rosie Walker is a Senior Lecturer within the Department for Children and Families, School of Education at University of Worcester, UK.


This book provides an invaluable study into the role of mentoring and coaching within an early years context. Part One explores the differences between mentoring and coaching, and the theory behind this. Part Two offers a range of national and international case studies which enable the reader to consider this within a practical context. An excellent addition to the area of early childhood education. * Janet Harvell, Senior Lecturer, University of Worcester, UK *
This assemblage of chapters from diverse international contexts provides multiple opening points to consider how theory and research might work together in practice in the arena of coaching and mentoring. Work undertaken in the early years is recognized as deeply complex, deserving of ongoing professional development focused on transformative practice. * Laurie Kocher, PhD Program Coordinator and Instructor Capilano University, Canada *
This is a timely publication. For those working with young children, the workplace has become increasingly fraught and complex, with support needed to maintain a professional outlook and joy in their chosen profession. Providing an introduction to coaching and mentoring in the early childhood sector, this collection of case studies invites readers to consider possibilities for their own situations. Speaking from a range of countries and perspectives, chapter authors offer diverse perspectives on this important component of professional development. With a focus on respectful relationships and active listening, a range of issues and approaches are considered. Accessible and interesting, this publication has the potential to both inform and inspire. It should be a valuable addition to any professional library. * Alma Fleet, Associate Professor, Macquarie University, Australia *

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