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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

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About the Book

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

Chapter 1 Introduction: challenging ideas Tricia David and Sacha Powell

Section I: Philosophers and their philosophies of Early Childhood Education and Care

Chapter 2 Constructions of nature and the emerging ideas on children’s education and care Yordanka Valkanova

Chapter 3 Friedrich Frobel Tina Bruce

Chapter 4 Maria Montessori Patricia Giardiello

Chapter 5 Rachel and Margaret McMillan: practice and politics Cathy Nutbrown and Peter Clough

Chapter 6 John Dewey Joop Berding

Section II: Theorists and their theories

Chapter 7 The long view: evolutionary theories of early childhood education and care Adam Boyette

Chapter 8 Psychoanalytic theory, emotion and early years practice Peter Elfer

Chapter 9 The legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory Jools Page

Chapter 10 Exploring children’s minds Tricia David

Chapter 11 Theories of language development Kathy Goouch

Chapter 12 Theories about young children’s peer relationships Elly Singer

Chapter 13 Theories of morality in early childhood Hsing-Chung Lin

Chapter 14 From theories of play to playing with theory Sue Rogers

Chapter 15 Theory of mind Stephen Tyler

Chapter 16 Using post-colonial theory to critically re-frame the child development narrative Amita Gupta

Chapter 17 Postmodernist theorizing in ECEC: making the familiar strange in pursuit of social justice Jayne Osgood

Chapter 18 Dialogic space theory Andrew Lambirth

Section III: Influences of philosophies and theories on research, policy and practice

Chapter 19 Human rights and children’s rights Diana Strauss and Sacha Powell

Chapter 20 Positivist scientific exploration – can universal truths and grand narratives be discovered in research about human beings? Sarah Christie

Chapter 21 The rise of neuroscientific discourse in Early Childhood Kathy Hall and Alicia Curtin

Chapter 22 The legacy of Vygotsky’s cultural-historical methodology and its impact on early childhood research Marilyn Fleer

Chapter 23 Narrative Inquiry in Early Childhood Education: pursuing the promise Travis S. Wright and Elizabeth E.Blair

Chapter 24 Bronfenbrenner and the ecology of human development Nancy Darling

Chapter 25 Reflection on one’s practice: research about theories espoused by practitioners – the grand and the personal. Andrea Nolan and Bridie Raban

Section IV: Inspirations: philosophies and theories in action.

Chapter 26 Pedagogy of care for wellbeing Mary McMullen, Cary Buzzelli and Na Ra Yun

Chapter 27 Inclusion: perspectives from South America Malva Villalón Bravo and María Jesǘs Viviani

Chapter 28 Towards a creativity-rich curriculum for the wellbeing of children three to seven years old Jonathan Barnes

Chapter 29 Philosophy with young children Christopher Gilmore

Chapter 30 The long history and continuing development of ECEC provision in Sweden and Norway Peder Haug

Chapter 31 Reggio Emilia Rosaleen Murphy,.Anna Ridgway, Maura Cuneen and Mary Horgan

Chapter 32 Te Whāriki. A uniquely woven curriculum shaping policy, pedagogy and practice in Aoteoroa New Zealand Helen May and Margaret Carr

Epilogue Kathy Goouch and Sacha Powell

About the Editors

Tricia David is Emeritus Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Kathy Goouch is a Professor in Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

Sacha Powell is Director of the Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities and Professor of Early Childhood Care and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU000000
EDUCATION / General