Understanding Schemas and Emotion in Early Childhood makes explicit connections between young childrens spontaneous repeated actions and their representations of their emotional worlds. Drawing on the literature on schemas, attachment theory and family contexts, the author takes schema theory into the territory of the emotions, making it relevant to the social and emotional development strand in early childhood education.
Based on research carried out alongside children, parents, workers and co-researchers at the world-famous Pen Green Nursery, and using case studies of a small number of individual children, the author shows new links between cognition and affect. The book includes a brief summary of a method of Child Study, using video and reflections on video sequences.
This book will be of interest to students and practitioners on Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as those taking modules on schema theory.
Chapter 2: Ewan: Developing a Ritual for Separating
Ewan: Developing a Ritual for Separating
Introduction and Context
Ewan lived locally with his mum, dad and older brother, who had also attended the nursery. Ewan's parents were very involved in his education and supportive of the nursery. Ewan attended the nursery for two years. He was later than his brother in using expressive language and this caused his parents some anxiety during his first year at nursery. However, Ewan could communicate well and had a good understanding of what was said to him. His parents were very keen to support his language development and when he did begin to express himself, he ...