Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erickson, Piaget and Vygotsky (Redleaf Press)

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A supplemental text for an Issues in Early Childhood Education or Introduction to Early Childhood Education course in Early Childhood Education departments or in Child and Family Studies departments. Covers five leading theorists whose perspectives are studied and applied widely in early childhood education.  The book distills each theorist's work and explains how it relates to early care and education.  Brief, inexpensive; a perfect complement to foundational courses.

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Discover the theories behind good child care practice.

Find solutions and guidance in your classroom today by learning about the theoretical foundations of early childhood care.  Theories of Childhood examines the work of five groundbreaking education theorists in relation to early childhood. 

Author Carol Garhart Mooney distills each theorist's work to reveal how it relates to child care and children.  She shows how John Dewey examined the qualities that make curriculum meaningful; Maria Montessori, the need for carefully prepared classroom environments; Erik Erikson, an approach to making children healthy and comfortable; Jean Piaget, our knowledge of children's thought processes; and Lev Vygotsky, the importance of teachers and peers in learning. 

Theories of Childhood is perfect for undergraduate programs, community college courses, and training workshops, or to help keep staff aware of the theories behind good child care practice.

About the Author:

Carol Garhart Mooney holds a master's degree in early childhood education from the University of New Hamshire.  She is a child care services manager for Belknap-Merrimack Head Start and a member of the early childhood faculty at the College of Lifelong Learning.

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