This accessible introduction to the history of early childhood education emphasises the role of history and philosophy in early childhood practice today. Firmly grounded in current policy from across the UK, the text features a series of imagined conversations with key figures and pioneers, which exemplify various philosophical positions in early childhood. This second edition has been fully updated and revised in line with recent policy changes, and contains new and updated biographies of key pioneers as well as three brand new conversations with historical figures.
The book is useful for a range of students of Early Childhood Education or History of Education, from first year undergraduates to PhD students. It will also be incredibly valuable to Early Years trainee teachers, practitioners and policy makers.
Part 1: 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 Children
- Into the Twenty-First Century: Twenty-Five Years of Policy Change
- Understanding Recent History: 1988–2013
- Into the Future, Learning from the Past
Part 2: The Pioneers: Their Lives and Works
Part 3: 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 4: Linking the Past with the Present