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Enriching the Lives of Children

Creating Meaningful and Novel Stimulus Experiences to Promote Cognitive, Moral and Emotional Development

Author(s): Rosalyn M. King

Book Description

Enriching the Lives of Children is an exploration of innovations in teaching and learning. The book reflects scholarship, synthesis and creativity as the author reviews decades of research and practice on educational and instructional reforms designed to enrich learning and life for children, through novel and stimulating experiences.

The author reminds readers of the early notions of learning coming from such great thinkers as Aristotle, Husserl, Vygotsky, Piaget and Bruner; and, the parallels to the thinking of modern constructivist philosophers and teachers today. Teaching for meaning and constructing knowledge and understanding is important. Providing enriching, novel and stimulating instructional and supportive experiences is essential for successful learning and holistic development.

The author presents theoretical propositions about the need for authentic pedagogy and whole child development. Moreover, findings reveal that learning does not take place as a separate and isolated event. Brain, body and the developmental domains work together. Attention also is given to the nature and relationship of creativity to learning and development; and, particularly the contributions of play. Interesting suggestions and models from around the world are provided about children’s learning and enrichment, within and outside of the classroom.

As a leading scholar and interdisciplinary expert in education, psychology and learning environments across the lifespan, King provides a service to educators, parents and those interested in child development by synthesizing volumes of research into a coherent whole, with excellent suggestive strategies that can be used in educating and raising children.

Theoretical insights and strategies found in this book will improve the academy of teaching and learning and serve as a useful resource for educational and childcare professionals, policymakers and parents. For those that care about the future of our children and education, Enriching the Lives of Children is essential reading.


ISBN-13: 978-1-8471-8442-9
ISBN-10: 1-84718-442-1
Date of Publication: 01/01/2008
Pages / Size: 160 / A5
Price: £29.99


Rosalyn M. King is Professor of Psychology on the Loudoun campus of Northern Virginia Community College. She is Chair of the Virginia Community College System’s Northern Virginia Region, Center for Teaching Excellence.

With an interdisciplinary background in psychology, education, anthropology, and sociology, she is trained in educational and research psychology and ethnography. King has a wide and varied range of experiences in different settings which include: community-based organizations; elementary, secondary and higher education; federal, state and local government; consulting firms; and, research and policy centers. Work has been performed in the areas of program development, research and evaluation, planning and social policy, college counseling and therapy, and teaching and administration.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1253-5
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1253-6
Date of Publication: 01/09/2009
Pages / Size: 160 / A5
Price: £14.99