Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2010). A focus on pedagogy: Case studies of effective practice. In K. Sylva, E. Melhuish, P. Sammons, I. Siraj-Blatchford & B. Taggart (Eds.), Early Childhood Matters: Evidence from the Effective Pre-school and Primary Education Project (pp. 149-165). Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge.


This chapter describes the day-to-day experiences in early years settings thatlead to better outcomes for children through a focus on pedagogy. In addition toinvestigating the effects of pre-school provision on young children's development, EPPE explored the characteristics of effective practice (and the pedagogies whichunderpin them) through collecting intensive, detailed qualitative and quantitativedata from twelve case studies of settings with good to excellent child developmentaloutcomes. This chapter provides working definitions of pedagogy and curriculumbefore reflecting on some current tensions which currently exist in Europeandiscourses around these areas. The chapter goes on to explain the methods usedfor this part of the study and discusses the key findings.