Introducing Bronfenbrenner: A Guide for Practitioners and Students in Early Years Education

1st Edition

Nóirín Hayes, Leah O'Toole, Ann Marie Halpenny

Routledge
Published March 13, 2017
Reference - 176 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138182820 - CAT# Y220535
Series: Introducing Early Years Thinkers

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Summary

Children learn in contexts, and the spaces, places and people they come into contact with have a deep influence on their development. Urie Bronfenbrenner’s bioecological model of development places the child at the centre of this complex network, and his influence has been extensive in early childhood education. This book presents an introduction to Bronfenbrenner’s model of development, drawing on practice-based research to identify and animate key elements of his model’s impact. It illustrates how his model can help bring quality to early learning environments and incorporates it into daily work with young children.

As well as providing a glossary of key terms, Introducing Bronfenbrenner covers areas such as:

  • a bioecological perspective on educational transition;
  • early education as a dynamic process;
  • nurturing children’s learning and development;
  • reflecting the bioecological in early years practice.

Using a variety of vignettes, practical examples of good practice and case studies, Introducing Bronfenbrenner is an essential guide to his work. It will be of interest to professionals working with children in early childhood settings and to undergraduate students training to become early childhood professionals.

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