Learning Theories in Childhood
- Colette Gray - Stranmillis University College
- Sean MacBlain
Primary Professional Studies
Focusing on the early philosophies of learning and key behavioural, cognitive, and social theorists, including Locke, Rousseau, Montessori, Piaget, Vygotsky, Bandura, Bronfenbrenner & Bruner, this popular book provides a comprehensive overview of children's learning. The authors highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each theoretical perspective, and encourage reflection on how different approaches impact on the learning environment. The discussion finishes with an exploration of the new sociology of childhood.
New to this Second Edition are:
· a new chapter on 'What is theory and what is learning?
· a new chapter on ‘The Changing nature of learning’
There is also a new companion website which features:
· journal articles to read alongside each chapter
· podcasts from the authors explaining the key points on each topic
· links to video material discussing key theories and methods.
You can access the books online materials at study.sagepub.com/grayandmacblain2e
Accessibly written, with key questions and recommended reading included, this book is essential for all those studying on child development, early childhood and childhood studies courses, and for anyone interested in understanding more about how children learn and think.
Colette Gray is Head of Research Development and Principal Lecturer in Childhood Studies at Stanmillis University College, Belfast, and Sean MacBlain is Reader in Child Development and Disability at the University of St. Mark & St. John, Plymouth.For access to the website
This second edition is a fundamental text for anyone working with children or thinking about studying children and learning. It features extended discussion of essential theorists as well as helpful at-a-glance tables which enable the reader to compare different theories.
The theories covered greatly align with course objectives.
Fantastic theory textbook. This has made it far easier for the students to really understand how theory link to their practice. The layout of the book and the content was great. Really impressed with this text book. Definitely
added to my reading list and class resource.
A lot of information included in this book however, it is not as visual as I would like for my learners. I do however, like the links to you tube which the learners can access.
Written in clear, precise and straightforward language, this is a useful source for enabling student practitioners to apply theory to practice.
This has been really useful in supporting ITE students to see the links between theory and principles / practice.
An essential piece of reading for students studying children's learning and development. The theoretical perspectives and early philosophies provide students with interesting comparatives and influences on educations and learning today. Nicely structured and easy to follow, particularly for students entering their first year of higher education.
A very well-written book which is suitable for those just beginning to research learning theories as well as those with more experience. Chapters work through the theories in a chronological order and explanation of the learning theories is further illustrated by the use of clear examples. A summary at the end of each chapter is an added bonus and there are useful exercises for students to work through.
This is well laid out, provides students with logical and informative text. An ideal book to accompany their course.
An essential guide to learning theory, I use this with alevel students as well as under graduates.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Learning Theories in Childhood Sample Chapter