Educating Young Children: A Lifetime Journey into a Froebelian Approach: The Selected Works of Tina Bruce, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Educating Young Children: A Lifetime Journey into a Froebelian Approach

The Selected Works of Tina Bruce, 1st Edition

By Tina Bruce


394 pages

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Hardback: 9781138999541
pub: 2019-07-04
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In the World Library of Educationalists international experts compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their most significant pieces – extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions – so the world can read them in a single manageable volume. Readers will be able to follow the themes and strands and see how their work contributes to the development of the field.

Educating Young Children: A Lifetime Journey into a Frobelian Approach draws together Professor Tina Bruce CBE’s most prominent writings from her accomplished 40-year international career in education centred on the Froebelian tradition.

Chosen to illustrate the changes that have occurred in Professor Bruce’s thinking and practices over the last four decades, carefully selected readings address key Froebelian themes such as literacy, play, inclusion and creativity. Short introductions are provided for each chapter and excerpt, helping readers to understand the significance of what is presented and explaining how this relates to other chapters in the book.

Including chapters from Tina Bruce’s best-selling books and articles, as well as leading journals, this collection offers a unique commentary on some of the most important issues in Early Childhood Education over the last four decades; it will be engaging and inspiring reading for anyone interested in the development and state of early years education in the UK and internationally.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Gathering Thoughts

Chapter 2 - Teachers who inspired me

Chapter 3 - What am I? Montessori? Steiner? Eclectic? - Is it important?

Chapter 4 - Which comes first? A philosophical framework, theory and research evidence? What do teachers and other practitioners need to bring out their best work?

Chapter 5 - Working with principles which are interpreted and embedded in articulated practice

Chapter 6 - The importance of parent partnership and the development of moral values and self-discipline

Chapter 7 - Play – A very complex thing

Chapter 8 - Finding how to position myself in relation to play

Chapter 9 - Inclusion: commonalities, differences…fragmentation or wholeness?

Chapter 10 - Cultivating creativity

Chapter 11 - Remaining a generalist rather than becoming a specialist within one area of early childhood education

Chapter 12 - Changing political climates

Chapter 13 - How best to train teachers of young children

Chapter 14 - Remaining a Froebelian but still exploring why and wondering…will I always be one?


About the Author

Tina Bruce CBE is Honorary Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Roehampton, UK. She was Co-founding Director of the Centre for Early Childhood Studies at the Froebel College, Trustee of the Froebel Trust and Chair of the Archive Committee, as well as Co-ordinator for the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Education. Tina is Vice President of Early Education and is on the Executive Committee of the International Froebel Society and a patron of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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