Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being (SSTEW) Scale for 2-5 Year-olds Provision

Spiral bound
April 2015
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    20th April 2015
  • ISBN 9781858566580
  • Language English
  • Pages 62 pp.
  • Size 11.75" x 8.25"

The sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being (SSTEW) scale is designed to consider some of the intentional and relational pedagogical strategies strongly associated with child outcomes. It considers practice that supports children aged between two and five years of age in developing skills in sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being, as well as developing strong relationships, effective communication and aspects of self-regulation. It is designed to be used for research, self-evaluation and improvement, audit and regulation.

Using the SSTEW scale alongside other environment scales (including ECERS-E, ECERS-R or ITERS-R) gives users a more complete picture of what high-quality early childhood education and care can look like. It is aspirational in that it considers high quality pedagogy and practice. It can be used by researchers, heads of centers, managers, teaching staff and practitioners, as well as advisory staff and in professional development.

Foreword by Kathy Sylva
Preparing to use the SSTEW scale
Sub-scale 1: Building trust, confidence and independence
Sub-scale 2: Social and emotional well-being
Sub-scale 3: Supporting and extending language and communication
Sub-scale 4: Supporting learning and critical thinking
Sub-scale 5: Assessing learning and language
SSTEW Scale score sheets
SSTEW Scale profile
Support materials: aspects of child development relevant to the SSTEW Scale
Joint observation/inter-rater reliability for the SSTEW Scale

Iram Siraj

Iram Siraj is a Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and a visiting Professor at the University of Wollongong. She co-led on the Effective Pre-school, Primary, and Secondary Education (EPPSE) longitudinal study, and the highly influential Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY) study, which first developed the concept of Sustained Shared Thinking (SST). She is a co-author of the ECERS-E and has published widely on quality, pedagogy, and curriculum.

Denise Kingston

Denise Kingston is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and a Senior Researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. She is a qualified educational psychologist and teacher and has worked as a schools psychologist and advisory teacher supporting inclusion and as a Portage supervisor and visitor. She has extensive experience of training on environment rating scales.

Edward Melhuish

Edward Melhuish is Professor of Human Development at the Department of Education, University of Oxford. He contributed to policy in the UK for families, early years services and education.