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Learning Theories for Early Years Practice

Learning Theories for Early Years Practice

March 2018 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding and applying learning theories is crucial to the transition from study or training, to practice in a real-world setting. This new textbook will prepare the reader by demonstrating how key learning theories pan out in practice, with the aid of photographs, examples and clear explanations. Divided into three main sections, Early Influences, Modern Influences, and Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World, this author identifies the key theorists in early childhood, past and present, before linking them to the main issues and developments that face early years practitioners today.

An explanation of each key theorist is guided by a clear structure, including:

  • links to other theorists
  • strengths and weaknesses of the theory
  • the theory in practice

Packed full of case studies, activities, points for discussion, extended and recommended reading, this is a fantastic resource for students and teachers who want to build a strong foundation in learning theories, to enable them to support the young children in their care as effectively as possible.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Part 1: Early Influences
Chapter 2: John Locke and the Emergence of Empiricism
Chapter 3: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Concept of ‘Child’
Chapter 4: Johann Pestalozzi and the Importance of Nature
Chapter 5: Friederich Froebel and the Importance of Play
Chapter 6: Rachel and Margaret McMillan and Social Reform
Chapter 7: Sigmund Freud and the Psychodynamic Tradition
Chapter 8: Rudolf Steiner and the Changing Needs of Children
Chapter 9: Maria Montessori: The Environment and Learning
Part 2: Modern Influences
Chapter 10: John Dewey and Child-Centred Education
Chapter 11: Burrhus Skinner and the Behaviourists
Chapter 12: Jean Piaget: An Enduring Legacy
Chapter 13: Lev Vygotsky: Learning and Social Constructivism
Chapter 14: Albert Bandura and Social Learning Theory
Chapter 15: Urie Bronfenbrenner and Learning in Context
Chapter 16: Jerome Bruner and Constructivism
Chapter 17: Howard Gardner and Theories of Multiple Intelligence
Chapter 18: Reuven Feuerstein and Instrumental Enrichment
Chapter 19; Nel Noddings and the Ethics of Care
Chapter 20: Te Whariki
Chapter 21: Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia
Part 3: Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World
Chapter 22: The Realities of Childhood Today
Chapter 23: Emotional Intelligence
Chapter 24: How Children Play
Chapter 25: Forest Schools
Chapter 26: Learning and the Brain
Chapter 27: The Emergence of Digital Learning

V accessible introduction and overviews to the different theories.

Sarah Holmes
Childhood & Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University
February 2, 2018

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