Early Childhood Education: History, Philosophy and Experience

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. This essential, informative read provides an accessible introduction to the history of early childhood education. Firmly grounded in current policy, the text features a series of imagined 'conversations' with key figures and pioneers, in which the authors exemplify various philosophical positions in early childhood. This brand new edition includes revised and updated material, as well as showing how early childhood policy has changed, yet how many issues from history are still concerns for early childhood educators today. The widely-respected

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Overview

. This essential, informative read provides an accessible introduction to the history of early childhood education. Firmly grounded in current policy, the text features a series of imagined 'conversations' with key figures and pioneers, in which the authors exemplify various philosophical positions in early childhood. This brand new edition includes revised and updated material, as well as showing how early childhood policy has changed, yet how many issues from history are still concerns for early childhood educators today. The widely-respected authors emphasise the role of history and philosophy in current early childhood practices. A series of podcasts by the authors explore some of the 'imagined conversations' from the book and addresses questions such as 'who needs history?', 'why early childhood education and care?'and 'what motivates young children to learn?'. An engaging additional resource to bring the subject to life and enhance your learning! The book is useful for a range of students of Early Childhood Education or History of Education, from first year undergraduates to PhD students. It will also be incredibly valuable to Early Years trainee teachers, practitioners and policymakers.

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Editorial Reviews

Dr. Eunice Lumsden
‘This book is an essential read for all those studying and working in the early years. It does indeed give a rootedness to our work and allows us to ponder. Most importantly it reminds us about the importance of the early years and our responsibility to continually advocate for the youngest children.’
Dr Sacha Powell
'This unique text helps readers craft strong professional identities, unambiguous educational philosophies and conviction in their practice. The authors encourage reflexive and situated interpretations of lessons from the long history of early education; perceptive and respectful responses to signals young children give adults about their roles; and a weather eye to the policy telescope. Like a compass, this book provides points of reference for new pioneers to steer a course towards principled early years education, now and for the future.'
From the Publisher
'This book aims high; its aspiration and rationale are to be welcomed and applauded....an original and valuable contribution to the literature of early childhood education' - Early Years
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781446267875
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 1/8/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Head of the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches and researches in the field of early childhood education.

Cathy began her career as a teacher of young children and has since worked in a range of settings and roles with children, parents, teachers, and other early childhood educators. Cathy is committed to finding ways of working ‘with respect’ with young children, and sees the concept of quality in the context of what it means to develop curriculum and pedagogy in the early years with the ambition of working in a climate of ‘respectful education’.

She established the University of Sheffield MA in Early Childhood Education in 1998 and a Doctoral Programme in Early Childhood Education in 2008. In 2010 she contributed to the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation In June 2012 she reported on her year-long independent review for government on early years and childcare qualifications (The Nutbrown Review). She is Editor-in-Chief of the SAGE Journal of Early Childhood Research and author of over fifty publications on aspects of early childhood education.

Peter Clough is Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Peter taught English and Drama, in the 1970s, in London and later in a number of special schools. His research interests include the use of narrative and fictional writing in research and research report. Peter has taught Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield, has been Professor of Inclusive Education at Queen’s Belfast and at Liverpool Hope, and Research Fellow at the University of Chester. Peter is an Honorary Professor at the School of Education, University of Sheffield, where he teaches Masters and Doctoral students. Amongst over 50 publications focusing on equality, inclusion difference, and teachers’ lives are several books published with Sage.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART ONE: A SHORT HISTORY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
The Legacy of History
Early Childhood Education in the UK: A Brief History
Foundation Stones: Some Key Figures Whose Work Has Influenced Thinking and Development of Provision for Young People
Into the Twenty-First Century: Twenty-Five Years of Policy Change
Understanding Recent History: 1988-2013
Into the Future, Learning from the Past
PART TWO: THE PIONEERS: THEIR LIVES AND WORKS
Socrates
John Amos Komensky (Comenius)
Jean Jacques Rousseau
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
Robert Owen
Friedrich Froebel
Charles Dickens
Charlotte Mason
Rudolf Steiner
Sigmund Freud
Rachel Mc Millan
John Dewey
Margaret Mc Millan
Maria Montessori
Alexander Sutherland (A.S. Neill)
Susan Sutherland Isaacs
Louis Christian Schiller
Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky
Donald Woods Winnicott
Jean Piaget
Erik Erikson
Carl Rogers
Robin Tanner
Burrhus Frederick Skinner
Sir Alexander Bradshow Clegg (Alec Clegg)
Loris Malaguzzi
Chris Athey
PART THREE: TALKING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: NINE CONVERSATIONS
Conversation 1 So, Who Needs History?
Conversation 2 Why Early Childhood Education?
Conversation 3 What Motivates Young Children to Learn?
Conversation 4 How Do Young Children Learn?
Conversation 5 A Policy of Creativity
Conversation 6 Looking Back to 'Education' and 'Care'... Challenging Current Policy through History
Conversation 7 Literacy in the Early Years: A Pedagogy of Patience?
Conversation 8 Children's Rights and Early Learning
Conversation 9 From God and Church to Awe and Wonder: Spirituality and Creativity in Early Childhood Education
PART FOUR: LINKING THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT
1. Children's Rights
2. The Arts and Creativity
3. Literacy
4. Play, Learning and Pedagogy
5. Early Intervention
6. Home Learning and Parental Involvement in Early Education
7. Inclusion
8. Professional Development and Training

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