1.5 Talking, thinking and learning
One of the main points which the course will be making is that information and knowledge are not the same thing and that, in order to learn, learners have to engage actively with new information. We hope that you will learn to apply your growing knowledge by relating it to your professional context, and that, by questioning and analysing both theory and practice, you will be able to reach your own conclusions.
One way of engaging with knowledge is to ask questions. Earlier we suggested that you discuss the course with fellow students. Talking to colleagues in your early years setting about specific questions can give another valuable perspective. Even when you are ‘simply’ reading the course materials or viewing a video sequence, asking questions is a valuable strategy. You may resolve them later in discussions with other adults or through your observation of children. You may simply be able to think them through. In any event, approaching the course with a questioning attitude will make you a more active learner.
We hope that this course will enable you to develop your own understanding of language, mathematics and science, and give you rewarding insights into children’s learning and understanding. We also hope that you enjoy studying the course as much as we have enjoyed writing it and wish you every success with your studies.