You are here

Resources to help you teach online

See our resources page for information, support and best practices.

Due to the current restrictions in place, our inspection copy policy has changed. Please refer to our updated inspection copy policy for details.

Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

Theories and Approaches to Learning in the Early Years

Edited by:

December 2010 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
By focusing on key figures in early years education and care, this book considers the influential thinkers and ground-breaking approaches that have revolutionized practice. With contributions from leading authorities in the field, chapters provide an explanation of the approach, an analysis of the theoretical background, case studies, questions and discussion points to facilitate critical thinking.

Included are chapters on:

- Froebel

- Psychoanalytical theories

- Maria Montessori

- Steiner Waldorf education

- High/Scope

- Post-modern and post-structuralist perspectives

- Forest Schools

- Vivian Gussin Paley

- Te Whatilderiki

Written in an accessible style and relevant to all levels of early years courses, the book has staggered levels of Further Reading that encourage reflection and promotes progression.

Linda Miller is Professor Emeritus of Early Years, The Open University

Linda Pound is a consultant and author, renowned for her work in early years education and care.

Linda Miller and Linda Pound
Taking a Critical Perspective
Julia Manning-Morton
Not Just the Tip of the Iceberg: Psychoanalytic Ideas and Early Years Practice
Deborah Albon
Postmodern and Post-Structuralist Perspectives on Early Childhood Education
Tina Bruce
Froebel Today
Martin Bradley et al
Maria Montessori in the United Kingdom: 100 Years on
Jill Tina Taplin
Steiner Waldorf Early Childhood Education: Offering a Curriculum for the 21st Century
Ann S Epstein, Serena Johnson and Pam Lafferty
The High-Scope Approach
Trisha Lee
The Wisdom of Vivian Gussin Paley
Sarah Blackwell and Linda Pound
Forest Schools in the Early Years
Anne B Smith
Relationships with People, Places and Things: Te Whãriki
Linda Pound and Linda Miller
Critical Issues

Highly recommended for EYS programmes which look at international comparisons of practice.

Mr Mark Hainsworth
School of Education, Chester University
May 11, 2015

This will be a useful addition to the reading list for my Pedagogy Module.

Mrs Gail Parker
SWWCTE, University of Wales, Trinity St David
May 6, 2015

A useful text for considering international perspectives on critical issues related to early years education. Will adopt for a module on international curricula studies.

Mrs Anna Colgan
Higher Education, Banbury and Bicester College
April 16, 2015

An excellent book that really explains the theory behind early years practice. My students have had to explore philisophical approaches and perspectives and this text book enables them to look further than just their own textbok. A great resource.

Ms lisa oneill
Education , City College Norwich
February 9, 2015

A great book for topic specific readings

Mrs Vanessa Rawlings
Children, You, University Campus Suffolk
January 26, 2015

Brilliant informative book

Miss S Drinkwater
Education , Hopwood Hall College
January 4, 2015

This book highlighted some of the key learning approaches that students discuss within the process of them completing there Foundation Degree. It is ideal for getting students to consider some of the more contemporary theories which are often not thought of due to it being current or recent practice. The discussion questions are really good for encouraging students to think about the theory in question.

Miss Natalie Gibson
School of Education, Blackburn College
October 30, 2014

I found the book very readable and the information very accessible for my students. The information is up to date and the "questions for discussion" very useful for starter activities to use in seminars

Mrs Angela Hodgkins
Institute Of Education, Worcester Univ.
September 8, 2014

really informative book, gives the students details regarding the theories without it being too technical and confusing.

Mrs Sarah Collyer
Childcare Department, Brooklands College
June 27, 2014

A useful book for students detailing relevant theories and approaches to learning. It is a text that students will be able to 'dip' in and out of when needed.

Mrs Dawn Rigby
Dept of Applied Health Sciences, Farnborough College of Technology
June 2, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Taking a Critical Perspective