This book makes explicit connections between young children's spontaneous repeated actions, and their representations of their emotional worlds. Drawing on the literature on schemas, attachment theory and family contexts, the author takes schema theory into the territory of the emotions, making it relevant to the social and emotional development strand in early childhood education.
Based on research carried out alongside children, parents, workers and co-researchers at the world-famous Pen Green Nursery, and using case studies of a small number of individual children, the author shows new links between cognition and affect. The book includes a brief summary of a method of Child Study, using video and reflections on video sequences.
This book will be of interest to students and practitioners on Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as those taking modules on schema theory.
Early Years Practitioners and Parents Engaging in Child Study Ewan: Developing a Ritual for Separating John: Exploring Lines and Connecting and Coming to Understand Separations Caitlin: Containing, Enveloping and Transporting Edward: Exploring `Together and Apart' and Moving from `Vertical' to `Horizontal' with Objects Sam: Enveloping, Containing and Seriating to Understand Separation and Loss and the Distribution of Power Susan: Containing, Enveloping and Going through Boundaries Cara: Trying to Make Sense of a Death in Her Family The Inside Story: An Early Years Practitioner Studying Children's Emotions Conclusions and Theorizing about Schemas and Emotions