How Children Learn at Home

Thomas, Alan, Pattison, Harriet

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2008. 2nd Edition. Paperback. Explores the scope for informal learning within children's everyday lives. This book examines the informal acquisition of literacy and numeracy and the role of parents and others in informal learning. It shows how children proactively develop their own learning agendas. It is suitable for education practitioners, researchers and parents. Num Pages: 192 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: JN. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 244 x 169 x 14. Weight in Grams: 298. 192 pages, Illustrations. Explores the scope for informal learning within children's everyday lives. This book examines the informal acquisition of literacy and numeracy and the role of parents and others in informal learning. It shows how children proactively develop their own learning agendas. It is suitable for education practitioners, researchers and parents. Cateogry: (P) Professional & Vocational. BIC Classification: JN. Dimension: 244 x 169 x 14. Weight: 298. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: In his Educating Children at Home, Alan Thomas found that many home educating families chose or gravitated towards an informal style of education, radically different from that found in schools. Such learning, also described as unschooling, natural or autonomous, takes place without most of the features considered essential for learning in school. At home there is no curriculum or sequential teaching, nor are there any lessons, textbooks, requirements for written work, practice exercises, marking or testing. But how can children who learn in this way actually achieve an education on a par with what schools offer?
In this new research, Alan Thomas and Harriet Pattison seek to explain the efficacy of this alternative pedagogy through the experiences of families who have chosen to educate their children informally. Based on interviews and extended examples of learning at home the authors explore:
- the scope for informal learning within children's everyday lives
- the informal acquisition of literacy and numeracy
- the role of parents and others in informal learning
- how children proactively develop their own learning agendas.
Their investigation provides not only an insight into the powerful and effective nature of informal learning but also presents some fundamental challenges to many of the assumptions underpinning educational theory.
This book will be of interest to education practitioners, researchers and all parents, whether their children are in or out of school, offering as it does fascinating insights into the nature of children's learning.

About the Author: Dr Alan Thomas is Visiting Fellow at the University of London Institute of Education. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Harriet Pattison is a Research Associate at the University of London, Institure of Education. Her three children are home educated.

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