By focusing on key figures in early years education and care, this book considers the influential thinkers and ground-breaking approaches that have revolutionized practice.
With contributions from the leading authorities and researchers in the field, chapters provide an explanation of the approach, an analysis of the theoretical background, case studies from practice and questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.
Included are chapters on:
- Psychoanalytical theories of educating and caring for young children
- Maria Montessori
- Steiner Waldorf education
- Post-modern and post-structuralist perspectives
- The role of the creative arts
- Forest Schools
- Vivian Gussin Paley
- Te Whariki
Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, from undergraduate to graduate degrees, the book asks the reader to engage with debates and to develop their own views and opinions. With staggered levels of further reading, the editors and contributors provide a rich source of material that encourages reflection and promotes progression.