This unique and engaging resource describes, critiques and analyses the significance of a wide range of contemporary and classic ideas about how young children learn. Organised in a handy A - Z format, best-selling author and early years expert Sandra Smidt:
Traces back each idea to the roots of how it was first conceived
Explores its implications for the early years classroom in accessible terms
Makes connections where relevant to other strands in the field of early childhood education
Provides examples from her extensive classroom experience and international literature
Draws on a range of ideas from both developing and developed countries giving the material a truly global focus
Uses a sociocultural view of learning to underpin the choice or analysis of each idea
Students on early years education courses at a range of levels will find this an essential and enlightening companion text, for use throughout their studies.
Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education. She has previously written Introducing Freire? (2014), The Developing Child in the 21st Century (2013), Introducing Malaguzzi (2012), Introducing Bruner 2011), Playing to Learn (2010) and Introducing Vygotsky (2008) all published by Routledge.