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Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget & Vygotsky Paperback – November, 2000
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Discover the theories behind good child care practice.
Find solutions and guidance in your classroom today by learning about the theoretical foundations of early childhood care. Theories of Childhood examines the work of five groundbreaking education theorists in relation to early childhood.
Author Carol Garhart Mooney distills each theorist's work to reveal how it relates to child care and children. She shows how John Dewey examined the qualities that make curriculum meaningful; Maria Montessori, the need for carefully prepared classroom environments; Erik Erikson, an approach to making children healthy and comfortable; Jean Piaget, our knowledge of children's thought processes; and Lev Vygotsky, the importance of teachers and peers in learning.
Theories of Childhood is perfect for undergraduate programs, community college courses, and training workshops, or to help keep staff aware of the theories behind good child care practice.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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I wish I had owned this book when I first started taking Early Childhood Education classes. Trust me when I say that most, if not all teachers will test you on your knowledge of at least; Ericson, Piaget, Vygotsky, and their theories and ideas.
In addition to the brief, but effective, overviews for their differing styles, this book also covers some of the history of Dewey, Montessori, Ericson, Piaget, and Vygotsky. Like the reviewer "Susan L." said, the discussion questions at the end of each chapter and suggestion for reading are some of the best things about the book.
An example of the discussion questions (posted after the chapter on Maria Montessori:
"Last week you had a big cleaning day at the center. The children took their chairs and toys outside and scrubbed them down with soapy water and brushes. Today a dad came in with a complaint that he does not pay tuition for his children to do your cleaning. Basing your response on Montessori ideas about real jobs and responsibility, what would you say?"
Overall, an effective introduction and general overview of five selfless leaders and their ideas and understanding of how children learn and grow into their best selves.
(I am a male student within one year of completing my Associates Degree for Early Childhood Education with a focus on Challenging Behaviors and Administration. I currently work at a Preschool part time.)
This would also be a good book for someone who is not necessarily in school and who just wants to get a quick and simple introduction on important theories and methods in the field of early childhood. The book has large print and is 95 pages long.
Because human development is so complex, each of these theories alone does not seem to adequately explain childhood development and learning. Taken collectively, however, these theories can offer a diverse set of resources from which to draw from to maximize learning potential of the experiences of children. To aid in understanding this, Mooney has included real-world examples of how these principles can be applied. Even though the target audience is professional educators, parents, too, could benefit greatly from reading this concise volume. That being said, the further reading sections at the end of each chapter should be taken advantage of by both parents and educators so as to gain the greatest understanding of childhood development to ensure the children in their care are best served.
For this reviewer, the book was also a great introduction to early childhood educational theories from a consumer's point of view. What's special about Montessori versus Tools of the Mind? Who came up with theories of childhood attachment? What's right for my kid?
The one downside is the "Further Reading" sections are a little sparse. I would've liked more suggestions on where to go for further information.