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Early Childhood Education: History, Philosophy and Experience 2ed

by Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Clough SAGE Publications Ltd
Pub Date:
01/2014
ISBN:
9781446267875
Format:
Pbk 216 pages
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This essential, informative read provides an accessible introduction to the history of early childhood education. Firmly grounded in current policy, the text features a series of imagined 'conversations' with key figures and pioneers, in which the authors exemplify various philosophical positions in early childhood. This brand new edition includes revised and updated material, as well as showing how early childhood policy has changed, yet how many issues from history are still concerns for early childhood educators today.

The widely-respected authors emphasise the role of history and philosophy in current early childhood practices. The book is useful for a range of students of Early Childhood Education or History of Education, from first year undergraduates to PhD students. It will also be incredibly valuable to Early Years trainee teachers, practitioners and policymakers.

Introduction
PART ONE: A SHORT HISTORY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The Legacy of History
Early Childhood Education in the UK: A Brief History
Foundation Stones: Some Key Figures Whose Work Has Influenced Thinking and Development of Provision for Young People
Into the Twenty-First Century: Twenty-Five Years of Policy Change
Understanding Recent History: 1988-2013
Into the Future, Learning from the Past
PART TWO: THE PIONEERS: THEIR LIVES AND WORKS
Socrates
John Amos Komensky (Comenius)
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
Robert Owen
Friedrich Froebel
Charles Dickens
Charlotte Mason
Rudolf Steiner
Sigmund Freud
Rachel McMillan
John Dewey
Margaret McMillan
Maria Montessori
Alexander Sutherland (A.S. Neill)
Susan Sutherland Isaacs
Louis Christian Schiller
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky
Donald Woods Winnicott
Jean Piaget
Erik Erikson
Carl Rogers
Robin Tanner
Burrhus Frederick Skinner
Sir Alexander Bradshow Clegg (Alec Clegg)
Loris Malaguzzi
Chris Athey
PART THREE: TALKING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: NINE CONVERSATIONS
Conversation 1 So, Who Needs History?
Conversation 2 Why Early Childhood Education?
Conversation 3 What Motivates Young Children to Learn?
Conversation 4 How Do Young Children Learn?
Conversation 5 A Policy of Creativity
Conversation 6 Looking Back to 'Education' and 'Care'... Challenging Current Policy through History
Conversation 7 Literacy in the Early Years: A Pedagogy of Patience?
Conversation 8 Children's Rights and Early Learning
Conversation 9 From God and Church to Awe and Wonder: Spirituality and Creativity in Early Childhood Education
PART FOUR: LINKING THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT
1. Children's Rights
2. The Arts and Creativity
3. Literacy
4. Play, Learning and Pedagogy
5. Early Intervention
6. Home Learning and Parental Involvement in Early Education
7. Inclusion
8. Professional Development and Training

'This unique text helps readers craft strong professional identities, unambiguous educational philosophies and conviction in their practice. The authors encourage reflexive and situated interpretations of lessons from the long history of early education; perceptive and respectful responses to signals young children give adults about their roles; and a weather eye to the policy telescope. Like a compass, this book provides points of reference for new pioneers to steer a course towards principled early years education, now and for the future.'
Cathy Nutbrown is Professor of Education and Director for Research at the School of Education, University of Sheffield. Her work has involved the role of artists in residence in early years settings; inclusion in the early years; childrenas rights; curriculum development; early literacy work with parents; and the ethical issues of research involving young children. Cathy teaches on the Masters and Doctoral Programmes in Early Childhood Education. She began her career as a teacher of young children and has since worked in a range of settings and roles with children, parents, teachers and other early childhood educators.Cathy is committed to finding ways of working awith respecta with young children, and sees the concept of quality in the context of what it means to develop curriculum and pedagogy in the early years with the ambition of working in a climate of arespectful educationa. She is Editor in Chief of the Journal of Early Childhood Research and has authored several books with SAGE.