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Early Childhood Education


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Introduction PART ONE: A SHORT HISTORY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION The Legacy of History Early Childhood Education in the UK: A Brief History Foundation Stones: Some Key Figures Whose Work Has Influenced Thinking and Development of Provision for Young People Into the Twenty-First Century: Twenty-Five Years of Policy Change Understanding Recent History: 1988-2013 Into the Future, Learning from the Past PART TWO: THE PIONEERS: THEIR LIVES AND WORKS Socrates John Amos Komensky (Comenius) Jean Jacques Rousseau Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi Robert Owen Friedrich Froebel Charles Dickens Charlotte Mason Rudolf Steiner Sigmund Freud Rachel McMillan John Dewey Margaret McMillan Maria Montessori Alexander Sutherland (A.S. Neill) Susan Sutherland Isaacs Louis Christian Schiller Lev Semyonovich Vygotsky Donald Woods Winnicott Jean Piaget Erik Erikson Carl Rogers Robin Tanner Burrhus Frederick Skinner Sir Alexander Bradshow Clegg (Alec Clegg) Loris Malaguzzi Chris Athey PART THREE: TALKING OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: NINE CONVERSATIONS Conversation 1 So, Who Needs History? Conversation 2 Why Early Childhood Education? Conversation 3 What Motivates Young Children to Learn? Conversation 4 How Do Young Children Learn? Conversation 5 A Policy of Creativity Conversation 6 Looking Back to 'Education' and 'Care'... Challenging Current Policy through History Conversation 7 Literacy in the Early Years: A Pedagogy of Patience? Conversation 8 Children's Rights and Early Learning Conversation 9 From God and Church to Awe and Wonder: Spirituality and Creativity in Early Childhood Education PART FOUR: LINKING THE PAST WITH THE PRESENT 1. Children's Rights 2. The Arts and Creativity 3. Literacy 4. Play, Learning and Pedagogy 5. Early Intervention 6. Home Learning and Parental Involvement in Early Education 7. Inclusion 8. Professional Development and Training

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Professor Cathy Nutbrown is Head of the School of Education at the University of Sheffield, where she teaches and researches in the field of early childhood education. Cathy began her career as a teacher of young children and has since worked in a range of settings and roles with children, parents, teachers, and other early childhood educators. Cathy is committed to finding ways of working `with respect' with young children, and sees the concept of quality in the context of what it means to develop curriculum and pedagogy in the early years with the ambition of working in a climate of `respectful education'. She established the University of Sheffield MA in Early Childhood Education in 1998 and a Doctoral Programme in Early Childhood Education in 2008. In 2010 she contributed to the Tickell Review of the Early Years Foundation In June 2012 she reported on her year-long independent review for government on early years and childcare qualifications (The Nutbrown Review). She is Editor-in-Chief of the SAGE Journal of Early Childhood Research and author of over fifty publications on aspects of early childhood education. ?Cathy Nutbrown will be discussing ideas from Early Childhood Educational Research in Doing Your Early Years Research Project, a SAGE Masterclass for early years students and practitioners in collaboration with Kathy Brodie. Find out more here. Peter Clough is Honorary Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield. Peter taught English and Drama, in the 1970s, in London and later in a number of special schools. His research interests include the use of narrative and fictional writing in research and research report. Peter has taught Inclusive Education and Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield, has been Professor of Inclusive Education at Queen's Belfast and at Liverpool Hope, and Research Fellow at the University of Chester. Peter is an Honorary Professor at the School of Education, University of Sheffield, where he teaches Masters and Doctoral students. Amongst over 50 publications focusing on equality, inclusion difference, and teachers' lives are several books published with Sage.


`This book is an essential read for all those studying and working in the early years. It does indeed give a rootedness to our work and allows us to ponder. Most importantly it reminds us about the importance of the early years and our responsibility to continually advocate for the youngest children.'

-- Dr. Eunice Lumsden
'This unique text helps readers craft strong professional identities, unambiguous educational philosophies and conviction in their practice. The authors encourage reflexive and situated interpretations of lessons from the long history of early education; perceptive and respectful responses to signals young children give adults about their roles; and a weather eye to the policy telescope. Like a compass, this book provides points of reference for new pioneers to steer a course towards principled early years education, now and for the future.'
-- Dr Sacha Powell

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