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How Children Learn (New Edition): Educational Theories and Approaches - From Comenius the Father of Modern Education to Giants Such as Piaget, Vygotsky and Malaguzzi


An ideal introduction to the pioneers of educational theory for anyone studying childcare, child development or education whether at further or higher education level. The first edition of this book has been a best-seller for almost a decade, identified as one of the top ten books for students of child development or early childhood care and education.

In this new edition, there is an increased emphasis on both what practice based on particular theories of learning looks like and on criticisms of each

The new and improved edition includes:

  • Additional emphasis on what practice looks like

  • Common criticisms as well as the influence of each theory

A glossary is included in sections highlighting words and concepts particular to the theorist in question. Full-colour photographs are used to illustrate some aspects of each theory or approach.


How Children Learn looks at a wide range of theorists who have influenced current understandings of how children learn and what this means for work with young children.

The book summarises the findings and ideas of famous giants such as Montessori and Piaget as well as the more recent ideas of writers and thinkers such as Howard Gardner and Margaret Donaldson. It begins by looking at the work and life of Comenius who is widely described as the father of modern education and looks at the theory behind different approaches to early childhood care and education such as Steiner Waldorf education, HighScope and Te Whariki.

You will find this book invaluable in giving you a clearer picture of how ideas about children's learning have developed over the past four centuries.

About the author

Linda Pound is an early year's consultant, trainer and writer who has been head of a nursery school, an LA inspector and a university lecturer. Linda writes extensively on a range of topics related to early childhood care and education.

ISBN: 9781909280731