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Learning Theories for Early Years Practice



© 2018 | 120 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Understanding and applying learning theories is crucial to the transition from study or training, to practice in a real-world setting. This new textbook will prepare the reader by demonstrating how key learning theories pan out in practice, with the aid of photographs, examples and clear explanations. Divided into three main sections, Early Influences, Modern Influences, and Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World, this author identifies the key theorists in early childhood, past and present, before linking them to the main issues and developments that face early years practitioners today.

An explanation of each key theorist is guided by a clear structure, including:

  • links to other theorists
  • strengths and weaknesses of the theory
  • the theory in practice

Packed full of case studies, activities, points for discussion, extended and recommended reading, this is a fantastic resource for students and teachers who want to build a strong foundation in learning theories, to enable them to support the young children in their care as effectively as possible.

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Part 1: Early Influences
 
Chapter 2: John Locke and the Emergence of Empiricism
 
Chapter 3: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Concept of ‘Child’
 
Chapter 4: Johann Pestalozzi and the Importance of Nature
 
Chapter 5: Friederich Froebel and the Importance of Play
 
Chapter 6: Rachel and Margaret McMillan and Social Reform
 
Chapter 7: Sigmund Freud and the Psychodynamic Tradition
 
Chapter 8: Rudolf Steiner and the Changing Needs of Children
 
Chapter 9: Maria Montessori: The Environment and Learning
 
Part 2: Modern Influences
 
Chapter 10: John Dewey and Child-Centred Education
 
Chapter 11: Burrhus Skinner and the Behaviourists
 
Chapter 12: Jean Piaget: An Enduring Legacy
 
Chapter 13: Lev Vygotsky: Learning and Social Constructivism
 
Chapter 14: Albert Bandura and Social Learning Theory
 
Chapter 15: Urie Bronfenbrenner and Learning in Context
 
Chapter 16: Jerome Bruner and Constructivism
 
Chapter 17: Howard Gardner and Theories of Multiple Intelligence
 
Chapter 18: Reuven Feuerstein and Instrumental Enrichment
 
Chapter 19; Nel Noddings and the Ethics of Care
 
Chapter 20: Te Whariki
 
Chapter 21: Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia
 
Part 3: Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World
 
Chapter 22: The Realities of Childhood Today
 
Chapter 23: Emotional Intelligence
 
Chapter 24: How Children Play
 
Chapter 25: Forest Schools
 
Chapter 26: Learning and the Brain
 
Chapter 27: The Emergence of Digital Learning

In this book Dr Sean MacBlain has expertly summarised each theorist, from the classics right up to the modern day. By putting each theory into historical and social context, the reader can really understand the significance of each child development theory, as well as its relevance to current practice.

 

The additional information, such as strengths and weaknesses, case studies and comparison to other theories will be incredibly valuable for students. The instructive and beautiful illustrations make this a visually engaging book, creating an essential text for Early Years practitioners.

Kathy Brodie
Early Years Author and Consultant

Good reading material for a basic understanding of theory. Excellent sign posting to additional reading material with relevant case studies to support

Miss Victoria Ratchford
Early Years (Parsons Walk Campus), Wigan and Leigh College
March 27, 2018

The idea of brief overview of theories for EY practice is great, however this book would benefit from more examples of contemporary references to stand out from other similar publications.

Ms Maryna Bentley
Early Years, Gloucestershire College
March 27, 2018

V accessible introduction and overviews to the different theories.

Sarah Holmes
Childhood & Youth Studies, Liverpool Hope University
February 2, 2018

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Sean MacBlain

Sean MacBlain PhD is a distinguished author and academic whose publications include: MacBlain (Sage, 2014) How Children Learn; Gray and MacBlain (Sage, 2015) Learning Theories in Childhood, now going into its 3rd edition; MacBlain, Long and Dunn, (Sage, 2015) Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion: Child-centred Perspectives; MacBlain, Dunn and Luke (Sage, 2017) Contemporary Childhood. A number of Sean’s publications are used by students, academics and practitioners worldwide. Sean is currently a senior academic at Plymouth Marjon University where he previously held the positions of Research Lead for the Centre for Professional and Educational... More About Author

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