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Learning Theories for Early Years Practice
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Learning Theories for Early Years Practice

Second Edition


May 2022 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The perfect guide for students who need to get to grips with learning theories and how they relate to the  early years, this book covers Early and Modern theorists and their theories, and how they apply today. Bursting with full colour photographs, case studies, activities and discussion points, each chapter explores the theorist and the theory; what the theory looks like in practice; the strengths and weaknesses of each theory; and its links to other theorists.

This new edition includes:

  • Three new chapters on Bowlby, Dweck and Claxton

  • New reflective activities

  • New critical questions following the case studies

 

 
Part I: Early Influences
 
John Locke and the Emergence of Empiricism
 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Concept of ‘Child’
 
Johann Pestalozzi and the Importance of Nature
 
Friedrich Froebel and the Importance of Play
 
Rachel and Margaret McMillan and Social Reform
 
The Psychodynamic Tradition
 
Rudolf Steiner and the Changing Needs of Children
 
Maria Montessori: The Environment and Learning
 
Part II: Modern Influences
 
John Dewey and Child-centred Education
 
Burrhus Skinner and the Behaviourists
 
Jean Piaget: An Enduring Legacy
 
Lev Vygotsky: Learning and Social Constructivism
 
John Bowlby and Early Attachment
 
ChaAlbert Bandura and Social Learning Theory
 
Urie Bronfenbrenner: Learning in the Wider Context
 
Jerome Bruner and Constructivism
 
Howard Gardner and Theories of Multiple Intelligence
 
Reuven Feuerstein and Instrumental Enrichment
 
Nel Noddings and the Ethics of Care
 
Te Whariki
 
Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia
 
Carol Dweck and Children’s Mindsets
 
Guy Claxton: Building Learning Power
 
Part III: Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World
 
The Realities of Childhood Today
 
Emotional Intelligence
 
How Children Play
 
Learning and the Brain
 
The Emergence of Digital Learning

Level 4 good support for Theories and supporting curriculum

Mrs Jane Joyce
AHed, Peter Symond's College
July 6, 2022

Upon inspection, we found that the book is too basic for the level of our classes. This is a good introduction for the topic, but the level of discussion in the classroom is deeper than this.

Dr Chrysogonus Siddha Malilang
Faculty of Education & Society, Malmo University
February 18, 2022

A superb update to a very popular resource. This books covers an extensive range of learning theories in sufficient detail to guide students in developing their knowledge.

Miss Louise Stafford
Department of Education, Oxford Brookes University
March 10, 2022
  • The theorist
  • Key publication
  • Understanding the theory
  • What the theory looks like in practice
  • Case studies
  • Strength and weaknesses of the theory
  • Link to other theories
  • Critical questions
  • Activities and points for discussion
  • Extended and recommended reading
  • References

    

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