Thinking about early childhood education will offer an academic and critical approach to the wealth of theories that underpin elements of current practice in early childhood care and education. It will focus on analyzing the rise and interconnectedness of theories of learning and development. It will range from key nineteenth century movements to progressive ideas of the twentieth century, encompassing psychoanalytic theories, deconstructing theories and constructivism and behaviourism.
Linda Pound works as an independent Educational Consultant and is the author of Supporting Mathematical Development in the Early Years and Leadership & Management in the Early Years (with Caroline Jones).
IntroductionPart 1 Thinking about early childhood in the nineteenth century Robert Owen (1771-1858) Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) Part 2 Progressive ideas of the twentieth century Margaret McMillan (1860-1931) Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) Maria Montessori (1870-1952) Susan Isaacs (1885-1948) Part 3 Psychoanalytic theories and their impact Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) and psychoanalytic theories Child-focused psychodynamic theories John Bowlby (1907-1990) and theories of attachment Emotions and learning Part 4Constructivism and behaviourism Burrhus Skinner (1904-1990), behaviourist theories and approaches Jean Piaget(1896-1980) and constructivism Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934) and social constructivism Part 5Challenging theories and practice De(constructing) schooling Deconstructing early childhood Deconstructing development Part 6Weighing up the evidence? Final thoughts References