Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues
Having a good grasp of the theories of child development and how these translate into practice can make a positive difference to how you understand babies and children and the ways in which you can help them learn. This approachable guide offers easy access to a wide range of concepts, as well as classic and current theories, about how babies and children learn.
Each chapter offers clear guidance on how to recognise the theory in action and suggests ways to test these ideas out in early years settings, supporting the development of reflective practice. Case studies are included throughout, along with questions to guide thinking and encourage readers to develop their practice. Summaries conclude each chapter offering a quick reference of the theory examined and the benefits of applying it to practice.
Early Childhood Theories and Contemporary Issues is an essential guide for all those looking to develop and enhance their practice in supporting child development within the early years.
Table of contents
- An Overview of Theories and Practice in the Early Years’
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778)
- Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852)
- Rachel McMillan (1859-1917) and Margaret McMillan (1860-1931)
- Sigmund Freud (1956-1939)
- John Bowlby (1907-1990)
- Jean Piaget (1896 – 1980)
- Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934)
- Jerome Bruner (1915- )
- Colwyn Trevarthen (1931- )
- Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-2005)
- Neuroscience in the Early Years’
- Post-modern Perspectives in Early Years’ Provision
- Bringing Theory to Life with Action Research
- Using the Lessons from the Past in the Present
Published: 20th November 2014