1st Edition

An ABC of Early Childhood Education
A guide to some of the key issues

ISBN 9781138019782
Published October 7, 2014 by Routledge
184 Pages 32 B/W Illustrations

USD $49.95

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Book Description

This unique and engaging resource describes, critiques and analyses the significance of a wide range of contemporary and classic ideas about how young children learn. Organised in a handy A – Z format, best-selling author and early years expert Sandra Smidt:

  • Traces back each idea to the roots of how it was first conceived
  • Explores its implications for the early years classroom in accessible terms
  • Makes connections where relevant to other strands in the field of early childhood education
  • Provides examples from her extensive classroom experience and international literature
  • Draws on a range of ideas from both developing and developed countries giving the material a truly global focus
  • Uses a sociocultural view of learning to underpin the choice or analysis of each idea

Students on early years education courses at a range of levels will find this an essential and enlightening companion text, for use throughout their studies.



Sandra Smidt is a writer and consultant in early years education. She has previously written Introducing Freire (2014), The Developing Child in the 21st Century (2013), Introducing Malaguzzi (2012), Introducing Bruner 2011), Playing to Learn (2010) and Introducing Vygotsky (2008) all published by Routledge.