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Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

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December 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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 undergraduate to graduate degrees, 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.

Linda Miller and Linda Pound
Taking a Critical Perspective
Julia Manning-Morton
Not Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Psychoanalytic Ideas and Early Years Practice
Deborah Albon
Postmodern and Post-Structuralist Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Tina Bruce
Froebel Today
Martin Bradley et al
Maria Montessori in the United Kingdom: 100 Years on
Jill Tina Taplin
Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education: Offering a Curriculum for the 21st Century
Ann S Epstein, Serena Johnson and Pam Lafferty
The High-Scope Approach
Trisha Lee
The Wisdom of Vivian Gussin Paley
Sarah Blackwell and Linda Pound
Forest Schools in the Early Years
Anne B Smith
Relationships with People, Places and Things: Te Whãriki
Linda Pound and Linda Miller
Critical Issues

This was a really good text to engage with and I feel students will be able to read and elicit information easily.

Miss Annette Trilk
childcare, Wakefield College
June 10, 2015

Highly recommended for EYS programmes which look at international comparisons of practice.

Mr Mark Hainsworth
School of Education, Chester University
September 1, 2015

This will be a useful addition to the reading list for my Pedagogy Module.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
May 6, 2015

A useful text for considering international perspectives on critical issues related to early years education. Will adopt for a module on international curricula studies.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
April 16, 2015

An excellent book that really explains the theory behind early years practice. My students have had to explore philisophical approaches and perspectives and this text book enables them to look further than just their own textbok. A great resource.

Ms lisa oneill
Education , City College Norwich
August 24, 2015

A great book for topic specific readings

Mrs Vanessa Rawlings
Children, You, University Campus Suffolk
January 26, 2015

Brilliant informative book

Miss S Drinkwater
Education , Hopwood Hall College
October 15, 2015

This book highlighted some of the key learning approaches that students discuss within the process of them completing there Foundation Degree. It is ideal for getting students to consider some of the more contemporary theories which are often not thought of due to it being current or recent practice. The discussion questions are really good for encouraging students to think about the theory in question.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 30, 2014

I found the book very readable and the information very accessible for my students. The information is up to date and the "questions for discussion" very useful for starter activities to use in seminars

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester Univ.
September 8, 2014

really informative book, gives the students details regarding the theories without it being too technical and confusing.

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
June 27, 2014

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Chapter 1: Taking a Critical Perspective

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