Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky by Carol Garhart MooneyGreat --very basic and usable--overview of Big Ideas in Childhood Development. The takehome to-do for me as a parent (and not a preschool or daycare teacher) was to empower kids to do things for themselves-- get their own snacks, set up their own workspaces. And scaffolding-- knowing their abilities and hangups well enough to provide just-the-right support for progress.
Heres some good bits:
John Dewey, p5: I believe that education, therefore, is a process of living and not preparation for future living....Dewey thought that curriculum should grow out of real home, work, and other life situations.
Maria Montessori, p29: the more we manage for children, the harder our jobs will be. Children have a passionate interest in real work. They love to watch the cook, the custodian, and the garbage trick at work. They always want to help.
Erik Erikson, p46: Erikson believed that toddlers struggle to achieve balance between appropriate holding on and letting go.... Erikson thought that one of the main barriers for toddlers in accomplishing this task is over-controlling behavior from adults who thwart and resist the toddlers growing demands for dependence and independence at this stage, they often shame the child for behavior which is actually developmentally appropriate.
p47: Toddlers need to have reasonable opportunities for choice and control. At the same time they need consistent, firm, reassuring limits set by caring adults. Toddlers can easily be victims of their own strong feelings and sometimes do need us to step in.
Theories of Childhood Second Edition An Introduction to Dewey Montessori Erikson Piaget Vygotsky Re
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. Carol Garhart Mooney has worked as a preschool teacher.
Carol Garhart Mooney
Theories of Childhood: An Introduction to Dewey, Montessori, Erikson, Piaget, and Vygotsky
Skip to search form Skip to main content. Each chapter highlights a theorist's work and includes insight on how the theory impacts teaching young children today. Discussion questions and suggested readings are included to help you gain an understanding of what it means to apply each theory to your work with children. Save to Library. Create Alert. Share This Paper. Citations Publications citing this paper.
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Scientific Research An Academic Publisher. Mooney, C. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. A sample of social studies and Islamic education teachers were selected randomly. Data were collected using quantitative research method.
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Theories of Childhood, Second Edition, provides a basic introduction to each theorist and explains the relationship of theory to practice and its impact on real children, teachers, and classrooms" Mooney, C. Second edition. Paul, MN: Redleaf Press. Mooney, Carol Garhart.