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The Routledge International Handbook of Froebel and Early Childhood Practice

Re-articulating Research and Policy

Edited by: Tina Bruce , Peter Elfer , Sacha Powell , Louie Werth

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138672628
eBook ISBN: 9781315562421
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A major influence on the education of young children since the late nineteenth century, the philosophical and practical tenets of Frobelian early childhood education require urgent re-articulation in light of current debate and developments in research and policy.

This seminal Handbook responds to this need, drawing together a unique and valuable body of literature, research and case studies to make explicit the specific features of Froebelian education and provide key impulses for future research and practice in this area. Chapters present the sometimes divergent perspectives of leading educationalists, and so offer a uniquely comprehensive overview of Froebelian approaches and their interaction with contemporary policies and insights.

The Handbook explores five significant areas of scholarship and practice:

  • Part I examines the original Froebelian principles and practices in early childhood education in different parts of the world.

  • Part II presents case studies, development projects and practitioner publications exploring Froebelian approaches to early childhood education.

  • Part III details research studies which document, debate and evaluate Froebelian approaches.

  • Part IV considers how Froebelian approaches might be sustained and adapted for use in various cultural contexts across the world.

  • Part V offers a re-articulation of research and policy.

An essential resource for in-service and future practitioners, researchers and policy-makers involved in early childhood education, this key text will promote discussion, aid analysis and further the practical application of Frobelian principles.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Friedrich Froebel, his life and his ideas Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Tracing Froebel’s legacy Download PDF
Chapter  3:  The life of the Froebel Archive Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Connectedness in Froebel’s philosophy Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Froebel’s contributions to early childhood pedagogy Download PDF
Chapter  6:  ‘Social and conceptual spaces – Froebelian geographies’ Download PDF
Chapter  7:  The psychoanalytic kindergarten project in Soviet Russia 1921–1930 Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The transfer, translation and transformation of Froebelian theory and practice Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Froebel is dead; long live Froebel! Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Working with the 10 principles of early childhood education Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Advocacy and collaboration in the kindergarten movement of Aotearoa New Zealand Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Elinor Goldschmied (1910–2009) Download PDF
Chapter  13:  The Froebel Blockplay Research Project Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Froebelian work in South Africa Download PDF
Chapter  15:  The Froebel Trust Kolkata project Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The educational meaning of ‘wander’ in nature according to the development of early childhood Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Developing creativity in children’s musical improvisations Download PDF
Chapter  18:  A story of Froebel’s global reach Download PDF
Chapter  19:  A case study at Cowgate Under 5’s Centre Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Case study Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Ownership and autonomy in early learning Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Caring for babies and children under three Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Mother’s Songs in daycare for babies Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Living with children Download PDF
Chapter  25:  The Well-Being of babies, children under three and staff leaders in daycare Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Transnational Froebelian travelling teachers Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The experiences and pedagogical beliefs, perspectives and practices of students at Froebel College  Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Using Froebelian teacher narratives in early years teacher training in England Download PDF
Chapter  29:  How do twenty-first century teacher trainees connect their practice to Froebel’s pedagogic principles? Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The Froebel Colleges Download PDF
Chapter  31:  The Froebel Educational Institute Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Schools with a strong Froebelian influence Download PDF
Chapter  33:  The Froebel networking tradition and kitchen seminars Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Communities of Froebelian practice Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Froebelian conferences and courses and the Early Childhood Research Centre, Froebel College (ECRC), University of Roehampton Download PDF
Chapter  36:  Froebelian conferences at Canterbury Christ Church University Download PDF
Chapter  37:  The International Froebel Society Download PDF
Chapter  38:  From gutter to sand pile Download PDF
Chapter  39:  A Froebelian journey Download PDF
Chapter  40:  Froebelian chimings with the legally framed early childhood curriculum document in Great Britain Download PDF
Chapter  41:  Froebelian influences on early childhood education and care government policy documents in England Download PDF
Appendix_1 Download PDF
References Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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