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The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care

Edited by: Tricia David , Kathy Goouch , Sacha Powell

Print publication date:  October  2015
Online publication date:  October  2015

Print ISBN: 9781138022812
eBook ISBN: 9781315678979
Adobe ISBN: 9781317392798

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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care brings together leading writers in the field to provide a much-needed, authoritative guide to the major philosophies and theories which have shaped approaches to Early Childhood Education and Care.

Providing a detailed overview of key concepts, debates and practical challenges, the handbook combines theoretical acumen with specific examples to show how philosophies and theories have evolved over the centuries and their impact on policy and society. It examines the ways in which societies define and make sense of childhood and the factors that influence the development of philosophies about young children and their learning.

The collection offers an insight into the key theorists and considers how the economics and politics of their time and personal ideology influenced their ideas about childhood. It looks at curricula and provision which have proved inspirational and how these have impacted on policy and practice in different parts of the world. The handbook also explores alternative and perhaps less familiar philosophies and ideas about babies and young children, their place in society and the ways in which it might be appropriate to educate them

Bringing together specially commissioned pieces by a range of international authors, this handbook will enable academics, research students, practitioners and policy-makers to reflect on their own understandings and approaches, as well as the assumptions made in their own and other societies.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Constructions of nature and emerging ideas in children’s education and care Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Friedrich Froebel Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Maria Montessori Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Rachel and Margaret McMillan Download PDF
Chapter  6:  John Dewey Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The long view Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Psychoanalytic theory, emotion and early years practice Download PDF
Chapter  9:  The legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Exploring young minds Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Theories of language development Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Theories about young children’s peer relationships Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Theories of morality in early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  14:  From theories of play to playing with theory Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Theory of mind Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Using postcolonial theory to critically re-frame the child development narrative Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Postmodernist theorizing in ECEC Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Dialogic space theory Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Human rights and children’s rights Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Positivist scientific exploration Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The rise of neuroscientific discourse in early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  22:  The legacy of Vygotsky’s cultural-historical methodology and its impact on contemporary early childhood research Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Narrative inquiry in early childhood education Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Bronfenbrenner and the ecology of human development Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Reflection on one’s practice Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Pedagogy of care for well-being Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Inclusion Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Towards a creativity-rich curriculum for the well-being of children three to seven years old Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Philosophy with young children Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The long history and continuing development of ECEC provision in Sweden and Norway Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Reggio Emilia Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Te Whāriki Download PDF
Chapter  33:  Epilogue Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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