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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 leading authorities in the field, chapters provide an explanation of the approach, an analysis of the theoretical background, case studies, questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.

Included are chapters on:

- Froebel

- Psychoanalytical theories

- Maria Montessori

- Steiner Waldorf education

- High/Scope

- Post-modern and post-structuralist perspectives

- Forest Schools

- Vivian Gussin Paley

- Te Whatilderiki

Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, the book has staggered levels of Further Reading that encourage reflection and promotes progression.

Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University

Linda Pound is a consultant and author, renowned for her work in early years education and care.

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

A useful book for students detailing relevant theories and approaches to learning. It is a text that students will be able to 'dip' in and out of when needed.

Mrs Dawn Rigby
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
June 2, 2014

This book is essential for any learners doing their foundation degree.
It also introduces level 3 learners to curriculum's such as Te Whariki and gives them a solid background on different theories and approaches used internationally. Which is great for the optional unit of CACHE, 17.

Miss Sophie Wilson
Child care , Tyne Metropolitan College
May 22, 2014

This book is really clear and helpful and organized. This works well as a introductory text.

Miss Amy Smith
Early Years and Child care, Wakefield College
March 18, 2014

An excellent book for busy students, acts as a gateway to further reading by providing a basis for different current pedagogical theories and practices. Each chapter written by well known authors, experts in their field

Mrs Margaret Dobbs
Department of Early Years & Childcare, Bridgwater College
February 18, 2014

Gives a clear I site into theory and how it supports learning in the early years.

Mrs Louise Atkins
School of Education & Training, Greenwich University
January 22, 2014

This is a useful text for those studying alternative approaches to education in the early years. Chapters explain, explore and critique Froebel, Montessori, Waldorf, High Scope and Forest Schools. Case studies and questions to think about allow the individual to respond to the variations of 21st century education in the early years.

Miss Rebecca Bolan
Education, Carshalton College
November 12, 2013

This book is excellent, the students will find this so useful. It is very well written and easy to read, and it will support their learning on theories of development

I will be recommending this book to the students and the learning centre.

Mrs Sue Kinsella
Child Studies, York College
September 11, 2013

This is a very useful book and students have enjoyed it

Dr Gabriella Brundrett
Social Science , Edge Hill University
July 9, 2013

A fabulous introduction for Level 4 undergraduate students.

Miss Kerry Moakes
Institute of Education (Didsbury), Manchester Metropolitan University
June 28, 2013

This text has an excellent layout and is accessible and well set out. The content is extremely readable and the text is an excellent introduction/extension to learning theories.

Mr John Humphreys, MEd,MA
School of Education, Bangor University
June 17, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Taking a Critical Perspective