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Learning Theories for Early Years Practice

Second Edition


152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

The perfect guide for students who need to get to grips with learning theories and how they relate to the  early years, this book covers Early and Modern theorists and their theories, and how they apply today. Bursting with full colour photographs, case studies, activities and discussion points, each chapter explores the theorist and the theory; what the theory looks like in practice; the strengths and weaknesses of each theory; and its links to other theorists.

This new edition includes:

  • Three new chapters on Bowlby, Dweck and Claxton

  • New reflective activities

  • New critical questions following the case studies

 
 
Part I: Early Influences
 
John Locke and the Emergence of Empiricism
 
Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Concept of ‘Child’
 
Johann Pestalozzi and the Importance of Nature
 
Friedrich Froebel and the Importance of Play
 
Rachel and Margaret McMillan and Social Reform
 
The Psychodynamic Tradition
 
Rudolf Steiner and the Changing Needs of Children
 
Maria Montessori: The Environment and Learning
 
Part II: Modern Influences
 
John Dewey and Child-centred Education
 
Burrhus Skinner and the Behaviourists
 
Jean Piaget: An Enduring Legacy
 
Lev Vygotsky: Learning and Social Constructivism
 
John Bowlby and Early Attachment
 
ChaAlbert Bandura and Social Learning Theory
 
Urie Bronfenbrenner: Learning in the Wider Context
 
Jerome Bruner and Constructivism
 
Howard Gardner and Theories of Multiple Intelligence
 
Reuven Feuerstein and Instrumental Enrichment
 
Nel Noddings and the Ethics of Care
 
Te Whariki
 
Loris Malaguzzi and Reggio Emilia
 
Carol Dweck and Children’s Mindsets
 
Guy Claxton: Building Learning Power
 
Part III: Challenges for Theorists in a Changing World
 
The Realities of Childhood Today
 
Emotional Intelligence
 
How Children Play
 
Learning and the Brain
 
The Emergence of Digital Learning

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  • Foreword – New

  • Introduction

    • New section on Reception

    • New Critical Question

    • Updates to Further reading

  • Chapter 1 Locke

    • 1x Case study updated and Critical question added

  • Chapter 2 Rousseau

    • More on Rousseau’s theory in practice

    • New Critical question

  • Chapter 3 Pestalozzi

    • New Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 4 Froebel

    • 2x Additional Activities and Points for Discussion box

    • Updated case study with new Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 5 McMillans

    • New Critical Question

  • Chapter 6 The Psychodynamic Tradition

    • Freud chapter reframed to include other theorists

    • New Critical Question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 7 Steiner

    • Updated Activities and points for Discussion box

    • Annotated sentence added to Further Reading

  • Chapter 8 Montessori

    • More on understanding the theory

    • NEW Reflective Activity

    • More on what the theory looks like in practice

    • 2x case study updated and New prompt question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 9 Dewey

    • New Critical question after case studies

    • Updated Further reading and annotations

  • Chapter 10 Skinner

    • New Critical question after case studies

    • More on what the theory looks like in practice

    • New annotation to Further Reading

  • Chapter 11 Piaget

    • New Critical question after case studies

    • More on links to other theorists

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 12 Vygotsky

    • More on understanding the theory

    • New Critical question after the case studies

  • Chapter 13 Bowlby

    • NEW Chapter

    • Includes Critical question, case study, activities and discussion point box, Extended and Further Reading

  • Chapter 14 Bandura

    • New Critical question

  • Chapter 15 Bronfenbrenner

    • New Critical question

  • Chapter 16 Bruner

    • New Critical question

  • Chapter 17 Gardner

    • More on strengths and weaknesses of the theory

    • New Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 18 Feuerstein

    • NEW case study, with Critical question

    • NEW reflective activity

    • Annotations added to Further Reading

  • Chapter 19 Noddings

    • New Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 20 Te Whariki

    • New Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 21 Malaguzzi

    • New Critical question

    • Updated Further reading

  • Chapter 22 Dweck

    • NEW CHAPTER

    • NEW case study (with Critical question

  • Chapter 23 Claxton

    • NEW CHAPTER

    • NEW case study, with Critical question

  • Chapter 24 Part III Challenges

    • More on Poverty

    • More on diversity

    • More on how children play

    • More on Forest School

    • New Critical questions after case studies

    • Renamed Activity ‘Reflective Activity’ to match the new ones earlier in the book

  • Glossary NEW

Sean MacBlain

Sean MacBlain PhD is a distinguished author and academic  whose publications include: MacBlain (Sage, 2021) Children’s Learning in Early Childhood; MacBlain (Sage, 2020) Child Development for Teachers; MacBlain, Dunn and Luke (Sage, 2017) Contemporary Childhood;  Gray and MacBlain (Sage, 2015) Learning Theories in Childhood; MacBlain, Long and Dunn, (Sage, 2015) Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion: Child-centred Perspectives;  MacBlain (Sage, 2014) How Children Learn. Sean’s publications are used by students, practitioners and academics throughout the world and have been widely translated including into Chinese and Vietnamese.... More About Author