Colwyn Trevarthen’s seminal work has earned him a place alongside the most prestigious thinkers, writers and researchers into human development. He is universally acknowledged as the pre-eminent expert on foetal, neonatal and early childhood development. Sandra Smidt examines the impact of his scientific training, linked to his interest in how filmed episodes of mother or father/baby interactions might inform his understanding about early sociocultural development, encouraging us to view the human infant with fresh eyes and realise how purposive human behaviour is from the start. His interest in and collaborations with others introduce the reader to the idea of communicative musicality which, together with physical movement, lead the child to acquiring language. This book focuses on the earliest years of life and makes complex ideas accessible and applicable to a range of settings.
As well as providing a glossary of key terms and an introduction to the life and work of Trevarthen, the book is split into three parts: From foetus to neonate, The remainder of the first year of life and From one to three. Each part offers case studies, practical examples, draws on recent research evidence and includes helpful pointers for students, labelled ‘Think about this’. This essential guide to his work will be of interest to professionals working with children in early childhood settings and to undergraduate students training to become early childhood professionals.
About the Author
Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education. Her publications include Multilingualism in the Early Years, Introducing Bruner, Introducing Vygotsky and The Developing Child.
Table of Contents
Part 1 From foetus to neonate 1:1 From conception to birth 1:2 From moving to meaning: wordless narratives 1:3 Musical narratives: communicative musicality 1:4 Intersubjectivity in the earliest month: sharing minds Part 2 The remainder of the first year of life 2:1: Towards secondary subjectivity 2:2 Socioemotional development 2:3 How infants begin to know their culture 2:4 The road to language Part 3 From one to three 3:1: Beginning to talk 3:2: Intent participation learning 3:3: Companionship and loneliness 3:4: Creating and inhabiting imaginary worlds