Understand theories of childhood to make your days with children smoother, your job easier, and your program stronger.
This best-selling resource provides clear, straightforward introductions to the foundational theories of John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky. Each chapter highlights a theorist’s work and includes insight on how the theory impacts teaching young children today. Discussion questions and suggested readings are included to help you gain an understanding of what it means to apply each theory to your work with children.
Theories of Childhood, Second Edition :
Builds the bridge between theory and best practices in early childhood education
Supports your genuine enjoyment with children by helping you understand more about the ways they grow and learn
Includes new understandings of Vygotsky’s work
Applies the five theories to the realities of the twenty-first century
Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is also the author of Theories of Attachment , Use Your Words , and Swinging Pendulums.
About the Author
Carol Garhart Mooney: Carol Garhart Mooney has written extensively on a wide variety of child development topics. In addition to Theories of Childhood, Second Edition , she is also the author of Theories of Attachment: An Introduction to Bowlby, Ainsworth, Gerber, Brazelton, Kennell, and Klaus, Swinging Pendulums: Cautionary Tales for Early Childhood Education , and Use Your Words: How Teacher Talk Helps Children Learn , all published by Redleaf Press. She holds a master’s degree in early childhood education from the University of New Hampshire. She is a former preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school teacher and has served as a child care services manager for Belknap-Merrimack Head Start. For twenty-five years, she has been an instructor of early childhood education and sociology of the family for the University System of New Hampshire.