By Carol Garhart Mooney

Learn the paintings of 5 groundbreaking schooling theorists—John Dewey, Maria Montessori, Erik Erikson, Jean Piaget, and Lev Vygotsky—in relation to early youth. Theories of formative years offers a uncomplicated advent to every theorist and explains the connection of conception to perform and its influence on genuine young ones, academics, and school rooms. This version displays present educational studying criteria and comprises new understandings of Vygotsky's paintings. it's a well known advisor to assist early formative years execs concentrate on the theories at the back of sturdy baby care practices. it's also a widely-used textual content in undergraduate courses, group collage classes, and coaching workshops that target early improvement and education.

Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early early life educator for greater than 40 years. She can also be the writer of Theories of Attachment, Use Your phrases, and Swinging Pendulums.

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N It prepares the children to live more fully. How can early childhood teachers be guided by Dewey’s criteria for educational experiences? Do not accept “It’s fun” as a justification for curriculum, but ask how an activity will support children’s development and learning. Again, it is not enough for an activity to be “hands on”; it must be “minds on” as well. And teachers must invest in organization and documentation. 26 John Dewey “It’s Fun” Is Not Enough Dewey believed that when people are engaged in learning something that interests them and is related to their experience, the process of learning is enjoyable.

CreateBeautyandOrder Montessori used the word cheerful to describe well-planned spaces for children. She believed caring for the environment and keeping it bright and orderly should be viewed as a teaching skill. Too often, teachers view cleaning and organizing as additional work not in their job description. According to Montessori, knowing how to arrange an interesting, beautiful environment for children is as much a part of teaching as knowing how to select fine children’s books for the library.

Montessori’s theory about young children tells teachers not to pull children away from projects that interest them unless it’s absolutely necessary. Montessori believed that the only way to know how to schedule the day and manage behavior is through observation. This is also why large blocks of uninterrupted time are so important to both teachers and children in early childhood classrooms. Teachers too often think they don’t need to be involved during this time. The time, however, allows the perfect opportunity for teachers to observe both the quality of the group play as well as an individual child’s participation in that group play.

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