This book summarises the finding and ideas of educational theorists and psychologists - including famous names such as Montessori, Vygotsky and Piaget and lesser-known ones such as Dewey and Donaldson. This easy-to-read guide also looks at the theory behind different approaches to early years education such as Montessori, Steiner, the Italian pre-school of Reggio Emilia, and the early years curriculum in New Zealand. This title has become a best-selling student must-have amongst childcare and education students looking for concise explanations of theorists' key ideas, and how these can be introduced into practice today. This book is perfect for anyone needing to evaluate theorists, as well as for those preparing assignments.
This book covers the following theorists and theories:
- John Comenius
- Jean-Jacques Rousseau
- Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
- Robert Owen
- Friedrich Froebel
- Sigmund Freud
- John Dewey
- Margaret McMillan
- Rudolf Steiner and Waldorf-Steiner education
- Maria Montessori and the Montessori method
- Susan Isaacs
- Jean Piaget
- Lev Vygotsky
- Burrhus Skinner and behaviourism
- John Bowlby and attachment theory
- Jerome Bruner
- Chris Athey and schema theory
- Loris Malaguzzi
- Paulo Freire
- Margaret Donaldson
- Howard Gardner and multiple intelligence theory
About the author
Linda Pound is an early years consultant, trainer and writer who has been head of a nursery school, an LA inspector and university lecturer, running both foundation and honours degree programmes on early childhood studies. She is also involved in post-graduate courses including the EYPS and NPQICL at London Metropolitan University.
"The ultimate early years bible." Nursery Education PLUS Magazine
"A perfect introductory text for our incoming education students."
Robyn Cox, Principal Lecturer, The University of Worcester.
"Really helped give me a basic outline of each theorists life and studies. Has been my bible for my foundation degree in early years."
Amy Jones, Foundation degree student, North Wales.
"A really easy way for students to understand theories of learning and the approaches of the theorists."
Stephanie Schofield, Childcare Team Leader, Newcastle College.