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.

Cara: Trying to Make Sense of a Death in her Family

Cara: Trying to make sense of a death in her family

This chapter introduces:

  • Cara and her family
  • Two observations of Cara made shortly after her great uncle's death
  • One observation made three weeks later

Introduction and Context

Cara was one of the children involved in the wider study of children's emotional well-being and resilience, being undertaken by a team of researchers at the Pen Green Research Base from 2000 to 2004. Although Cara and her family were not the focus of this study, I wanted to report on three linked observations of Cara, made around the time of her great uncle's death. I think that these observations offer some insights into how Cara was feeling and trying to understand ...

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