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Introducing Early Years Thinkers


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Sandra Smidt’s insightful series focuses on the seminal work of early childhood writers who have heavily influenced thinking and practice in this field. The titles are guides for both practitioners and students in early years education and care and are written in everyday language to make complex ideas accessible. The authors helpfully draw on a range of illustrative and relevant case studies and maintain a global rather than a local or national perspective, with examples of thinking and practice from around the world.

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

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

1st Edition

Sandra Smidt
October 19, 2017

Colwyn Trevarthen’s seminal work has earned him a place alongside the most prestigious thinkers, writers and researchers into human development. He is universally acknowledged as the pre-eminent expert on foetal, neonatal and early childhood development. Sandra Smidt examines the impact of his...

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

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

1st Edition

Nóirín Hayes, Leah O'Toole, Ann Marie Halpenny
March 13, 2017

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...

Introducing Freire: A guide for students, teachers and practitioners

Introducing Freire: A guide for students, teachers and practitioners

1st Edition

Sandra Smidt
April 15, 2014

The famous Brazilian educator Paulo Freire has influenced educators, teachers and students in a broad tapestry of contexts and countries, as he challenged conventional thinking on how teachers ought to teach and learners ought to learn. By making his ideas accessible and relevant, this insightful...

Introducing Piaget: A guide for practitioners and students in early years education

Introducing Piaget: A guide for practitioners and students in early years education

1st Edition

Ann Marie Halpenny, Jan Pettersen
August 19, 2013

Jean Piaget was one of the most significant contributors to our current understanding of how children think and learn, from birth through to adolescence. In this comprehensive and accessible new book, Ann Marie Halpenny and Jan Pettersen capture the key concepts and principles of Piaget’s...

Introducing Malaguzzi: Exploring the life and work of Reggio Emilia’s founding father

Introducing Malaguzzi: Exploring the life and work of Reggio Emilia’s founding father

1st Edition

Sandra Smidt
October 31, 2012

Loris Malaguzzi is recognised as the founder of the extraordinary programmes of preschool education that developed after the war in Reggio Emilia, Italy. Deeply embedded in the cultures and communities they serve, these unique preschools have justifiably become famous throughout the world. In this...

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

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

1st Edition

Sandra Smidt
April 01, 2011

Sandra Smidt takes the reader on a journey through the key concepts of Jerome Bruner, a significant figure in the field of early education whose work has spanned almost a century. His wide-ranging and innovative principles of early learning and teaching are unpicked here using everyday language and...

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

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

1st Edition

Sandra Smidt
December 08, 2008

Sandra Smidt takes the reader on a journey through the key concepts of Lev Vygotsky, one of the twentieth century’s most influential theorists in the field of early education. His ground-breaking principles of early learning and teaching are unpicked here using every-day language, and critical...

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