Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues: An Introduction.pdf

Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues: An Introduction.pdf


Having a good grasp of theories of child development and what these look like in practice, can make a positive difference to how you understand babies and children and the ways in which they learn. This guide offers easy access to a wide range of concepts, as well as traditional and current theories, of how babies and children learn. Each chapter offers clear guidance on how to recognise the theory in action within the setting and suggests ways to test these ideas out in early years' settings, supporting the development of reflective practice. Case studies are included throughout, along with questions to guide thinking and encourage readers to develop their practice. Summaries conclude each chapter offering a quick reference of the theory examined and the benefits of applying it to practice. An essential guide for those looking to develop their practice in supporting child development within the Early Years.

This book is an invaluable gathering together of some of the important theories and contemporary issues which influence early childhood practice today. The authors have achieved their wish to encourage the reader in 'being reflective and understanding theories'. Sections such as 'Challenge the theorists' support the possibility to do this in a very helpful way. I wish that I could have had this book as a resource when I was first learning about these theories. Tina Bruce CBE, Honorary Professor of Early Childhood Studies, University of Roehampton, UK, and Trustee of The Froebel Trust, UK

Mine Conkbayir is Course Leader and Lecturer in Child Care at West Herts College, UK where she also works with young adults with learning difficulties. She was previously Acting Head of the Centre for Research, Learning and Development at London Early Years Foundation, UK, where she lectured on the Early Childhood Studies Programme. Christine Pascal is Director of the Centre for Research in Early Childhood, UK, which undertakes local, national and international research, training and consultancy work for all those involved in early childhood education and care. She is also President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association.

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. An Overview of Theories and Practice in the Early Years' 2. Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778) 3. Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) 4. Rachel McMillan (1859-1917) and Margaret McMillan (1860-1931) 5. Sigmund Freud (1956-1939) 6. John Bowlby (1907-1990) 7. Jean Piaget (1896 - 1980) 8. Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) 9. Jerome Bruner (1915- ) 10. Colwyn Trevarthen (1931- ) 11. Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-2005) 12. Neuroscience in the Early Years' 13. Post-modern Perspectives in Early Years' Provision 14. Bringing Theory to Life with Action Research 15. Using the Lessons from the Past in the Present Glossary Bibliography Index


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