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Early Childhood Theories Today

Early Childhood Theories Today

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August 2022 | 168 pages | Learning Matters
If you work in the early years, you have probably heard of Montessori and Bronfenbrenner - but have you heard of Bavolek or Fisher? Contemporary theorists and theories of early childhood learning have much to teach us. It is often forgotten that this learning is still evolving and that new voices are joining the discussion every year.

This book introduces early years practitioners to some contemporary theorists and explores their work alongside more well-known thinkers. It demonstrates how these theories relate to everyday practice in the early years and that discussion of them can support ongoing professional learning.

Aaron Bradbury
Stephen Bavolek
Tamsin Grimmer
Urie Bronfenbrenner
Kate Irvine
Pierre Bourdieu
Meredith Rose
Friedrich Froebel
Ruth Swailes
Julie Fisher
Valerie Daniel
Loris Malaguzzi
Sue Allingham
Maria Montessori
Philippa Thompson
Tina Bruce
Aaron Bradbury
Valerie Daniel
Pam Jarvis
Margaret McMillan and Grace Owen

This book serves as a vital resource for both students and practitioners aiming to adopt a holistic perspective on early childhood. It masterfully navigates through the complex terrain of childhood theories, employing a child-centered narrative approach that bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional theorists. The book provides readers with ample opportunities to engage in reflection and contemplation, courtesy of carefully selected case studies examples from practice. This thoughtful composition not only educates but also inspires, making it an indispensable addition to the field of early childhood studies.

Mrs Carly Blackburn
Social and Community Practice, Bradford College
February 29, 2024

Just love this book. Theory forms a large part of our course and the students will gain valuable information from this . Its written in a more realistic way instead of being academically stuffy it its approach.
Love it.

Ms Lisa O'Neill
Education, City College Norwich
May 24, 2023

This book gives a detailed account of a range of theorists we use to understand practice; great for students writing assignments where reference to theory is needed.

Mrs Emma Harvey
Education, Suffolk New College
January 6, 2023

Very straightforward text, will be a supportive source for each year of our programme, but particularly the first year. Good to see more contemporary theorists included.

Mrs Sandra Dumitrescu
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
October 24, 2022

This book gives a comprehensive overview of the EC theories covered on our programmes. It is an easy read for students who are able to connect with the theories discussed and relate them to their practice.

Ms Annette J. Kearns
Froebel Department of Primary & Early Childhood Education, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
June 2, 2023

Clear essential reading for level 4, 5 and 6 students allows them to analyse information to start putting a critique to their work

Mrs karen Cooke
Sport and Public Services, The Manchester College
August 31, 2022

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