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Early Childhood Education
History, Philosophy and Experience

Second Edition


January 2014 | 216 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This accessible introduction to the history of early childhood education emphasises the role of history and philosophy in early childhood practice today. Firmly grounded in current policy from across the UK, the text features a series of imagined conversations with key figures and pioneers, which exemplify various philosophical positions in early childhood. This second edition has been fully updated and revised in line with recent policy changes, and contains new and updated biographies of key pioneers as well as three brand new conversations with historical figures.

 

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 policy makers.

 
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 book is an essential read for all those studying and working in the early years.  It does indeed give a rootedness to our work and allows us to ponder. Most importantly it reminds us about the importance of the early years and our responsibility to continually advocate for the youngest children.’

Dr. Eunice Lumsden
Deputy Divisional Leader for Early Years, The University of Northampton

'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.'

Dr Sacha Powell
Reader in Early Childhood, Canterbury Christ Church University

The book gives a very good overview of the history of early childhood education. Moreover, the philosophical origin of educational science is considered as well.
The British centered view on education history is understandable - I will need to provide extra information for my German students in this case.

Miss Kirsten Frieda Bruhn
Elementary Education , Leuphana Universitat Luneburg
February 22, 2016

This is great book for those who are interested in the foundations of early childhood. It can be an ideal textbook for students and tutors in the field and it is strongly recommended for university courses. It introduces all the most important aspects of early years care and education, and will help you develop the key skills needed to study at degree level. Importantly, it goes beyond theory and puts theoretical aspects and principles of early childhood into practice.

Dr Kyriakos Demetriou
Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University
November 11, 2015

A balance of facts and an interesting reflection on their place in todays early years.

Mrs Nicola Demetriadi
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
October 2, 2015

Personally I enjoyed the concept of interviewing past theorists for their opinions on Early Years Education today. Students also seemed to find this concept made theory understandable and relatable to Early Years today

Mrs Nicola Demetriadi
Childhood Studies : Early Years, Chichester University
October 2, 2015

The book is informative and does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a straightforward introduction to the history of early childhood education and emphasises the role of history and philosophy in early childhood practice today. It will be a good book for first year students on Childhood Studies and Early Years degree courses.

Mrs Amanda Crow
school of Education and Professional Development, Huddersfield University
July 7, 2015

Novel approach to theoretical perspectives.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
June 26, 2015

This is a vital read for all Foundation degree Early Years students. It provides clear information on the history of education and its pioneers.

Mr Denise Nannetti
Education (Stevenage), North Herts College
June 10, 2015

great for building knowledge base of EY issues

Mrs Victoria Williams
Early Years Dept, Hopwood Hall College
June 2, 2015

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Chapter One: A Short History of Early Childhood Education


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