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.

Sam: Enveloping, Containing and Seriating to Understand Separation and Loss and the Distribution of Power

Sam: Enveloping, containing and seriating to understand separation and loss and the distribution of power

In this chapter we introduce:

  • Sam and her family
  • Observations of Sam and her friend, Diane, enveloping objects
  • Observations of Sam exploring ideas about power and strength

Introduction and Context

Sam was 3 years 10 months and 15 days when I first observed her for this study. She was already in her second year at nursery and was attending four mornings and staying for lunch.

Sam has two older sisters, who were aged 5 and 18 at the beginning of the study. They lived with their mum and dad locally. Sam was the only child I studied whose family I did not ...

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