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Theories of Early Childhood Education
Developmental, Behaviorist, and Critical

ISBN 9781138189485
Published March 1, 2017 by Routledge
218 Pages

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Book Description

Theories of Early Childhood Education provides a comprehensive introduction to the various theoretical perspectives influential in early childhood education, from developmental psychology to critical studies, Piaget to Freire. Expert chapter authors examine assumptions underpinning the use of theory in the early years and concisely explore the implications of these questions for policy and practice. Every chapter includes applications to practice that will assist students and professionals in seeing the relevance of the theoretical perspective for their teaching.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Jean Piaget’s Constructivist Theory of Learning

Chapter 2 – Maria Montessori: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Chapter 3 – The Eriksons’ Psychosocial Developmental Theory

Chapter 4 – The Importance of Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Theory for Early Childhood


Chapter 5 – Vygotskian and post-Vygotskian Approach: Focusing on "the Future Child"

Chapter 6 – The Educaring Approach of Magda Gerber

Chapter 7 – T. B. Brazelton’s Developmental Approach to Learning

Chapter 8 – The Work of B.F. Skinner: Effective Practices within Early Childhood


Chapter 9 – Ole Ivar Lovaas: A Legacy of Learning for Children with Disabilities

Chapter 10Mikhail Bakhtin: Dialogic Language and the Early Years

Chapter 11 – Educative Experiences in Early Childhood: Lessons from Dewey

Chapter 12 – The Whole World is a Chorus: Paulo Freire’s Influence

Chapter 13 – Working with Deleuze and Guattari in Early Childhood Research and


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Lynn E. Cohen is Professor in the Department of Special Education and Literacy at Long Island University, USA.

Sandra Waite-Stupiansky is Professor Emerita of Early Childhood Education and Reading at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, USA.