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Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

by Linda Miller and Linda Pound SAGE Publications Ltd
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By focusing on key figures in early years education and care, this book considers the influential thinkers and ground-breaking approaches that have revolutionized practice. With contributions from the leading authorities and researchers in the field, chapters provide an explanation of the approach, an analysis of the theoretical background, case studies from practice and questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking. Included are chapters on: - Froebel - psychoanalytical theories of educating and caring for young children - Maria Montessori - Steiner Waldorf education - High/Scope - post-modern and post-structuralist perspectives - the role of the creative arts - Forest Schools - Vivian Gussin Paley - Te Whariki Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, from Foundation Degree to Masters, the book asks the reader to engage with debates and to develop their own views and opinions. With staggered levels of Further Reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.

Introductory Chapter - Linda Miller and Linda Pound Froebel Today - Tina Bruce Psychoanalytic Theories and the Care and Education of Young Children, - Julia Manning-Morton Maria Montessori in the UK - Martin Bradley, Barbara Isaacs, Louise Livingstone, Dawn Nasser, Anne Marie True and Margaret Delaney Steiner Waldorf Education in the Twenty-First Century, - Janni Nicol and Jill Taplin The Impact of High/Scope - Ann S. Epstein, Serena Johnson and Pam Lafferty Post-Modern and Post-Structuralist Perspectives on Early Childhood Education - Deb Albon Creative Arts Supporting Learning Across the Curriculum - Robin Duckett Forest Schools in the Early Years - Sarah Blackwell and Linda Pound The Wisdom of Vivian Gussin Paley - Trisha Lee Te Wh?riki: The Role of an Early Childhood Curriculum in Promoting Diversity - Anne Smith Conclusion - Linda Pound and Linda Miller

'This is a well-organised and timely overview of the big picture in Early Childhood Education and Care theory and practice, written by champions in their fields, highly accessibly and offering real food for thought in beginning to inter-connect the complexities of ECEC. An excellent introductory text ' - Pat Broadhead, Professor of Playful Learning and Leeds Metropolitan University and Chair of TACTYC 'The authors are to be congratulated on presenting complex theories in a highly accessible form. Early childhood students and practitioners will find this an invaluable introduction to the wide range of theories underpinning research and practice in the field' - Sue Rogers, Head of Department Learning, Curriculum and Communication, Faculty of Children and Learning, Institute of Education Sue Rogers, Head of Department Learning, Curriculum and Communication, Faculty of Children and Learning, Institute of Education