Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years
- Linda Miller - The Open University
- Linda Pound - Education Consultant
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:
- Psychoanalytical theories of educating and caring for young children
- Maria Montessori
- Steiner Waldorf education
- 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.
This text offers an excellent range of insights into current issues of how learning is viewed within the early years, embracing multiple perspectives and of real interest to students and fellow lecturers alike.
A good resource which gives the student necessary information to support learning
Relevant information for today's practitioners
A textbook which will provide invaluable for the learners. It offers a range of insightful perspectives around key thinkers and theorists and their influence on learning in the early years.
The key theories that have been focused on are a valuable introduction to Early childhood students and practitioners.
Very useful will recommend to team.
The Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years is an easily read and understood academic resource. Students can match the theory to practice
Professionals working in the world of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) are advised engage with this highly recommended text. Discussion points facilitate critical thinking and complex theories are presented in a very accessible and reader friendly way.
Links perfectly into module - Pedagogy in the Early Years
This was a really good text to engage with and I feel students will be able to read and elicit information easily.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 1: Taking a Critical Perspective