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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Step Forward Publishing Ltd (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904575099
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904575092
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.7 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (119 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,910 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Throughout her working life Linda Pound has been committed to improving the quality of provision for young children and their families. She has worked in three universities and was an LEA inspector in a London borough, where she was responsible for the early years for almost ten years. In addition she has been head of a nursery school and deputy head of a primary school.

In her current role as an education consultant, she provides training for early years practitioners around the country and beyond. Linda writes extensively for a range of audiences, including parents and practitioners. The topics covered in her writing include mathematics, the theoretical and historical roots of early childhood education, leadership and creativity.

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The ultimate early years bible. --Nursery Education PLUS Magazine, January 2009.

I cannot recommend [it] more highly! Absolutely fantastic as the students are able to study theorists in a dynamic and interesting user friendly way. I love the way theorists an approaches are 'de-mystified'. --Meg Ord-Hume, Senior Tutor in Early Years, Chiltern Training Limited, Reading.

A perfect introductory text for our incoming education students. --Robyn Cox, Principal Lecturer, The University of Worcester.

Really helped give me a basic outline of each theorists life and studies. Has been my bible for my foundation degree in early years. --Amy Jones, Foundation degree student, North Wales.

A really easy way for students to understand theories of learning and the approaches of the theorists. --Stephanie Schofield, Childcare Team Leader, Newcastle College.

Useful text for 2nd year nursing students who are introduced to learning theories. A very informative text, which is user-friendly. --Margaret Cotter, Lecturer in Intellectual Disability Nursing, Dundalk Institute of Technology, Ireland.

This book enabled students to access key theories of how children learn and for the modules I taught: Children and Play, Young Children's Development and Play Activities, was a popular resource where students took the ISBN number and therefore I will be recommending this book on the reading list for the new academic year and to be purchased by our library. --Josephine Campbell, Lecturer in Early Years and Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, Boston College, Lincolnshire.

An excellent book that breaks down the theorists in detail and easy for learners to relate to. Book relates well to practice. Fantastic Book! Highly recommended. --Laura Miller, Course leader in Childcare, Newcastle College.

An excellent book that breaks down the theorists in detail and easy for learners to relate to. Book relates well to practice. Fantastic Book! Highly recommended. --Laura Miller, Course leader in Childcare, Newcastle College.

A really easy way for students to understand theories of learning and the approaches of the theorists. --Stephanie Schofield, Childcare Team Leader, Newcastle College.

About the Author

Linda Pound is an early years consultant, trainer and writer who has been head of a nursery school, an LEA inspector and university lecturer, running both foundation and honours degree programmes on early childhood studies. She is also involved in post-graduate courses including EYPS and NPQICL at London Metropolitan University.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 25 Oct. 2008
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A clear and well set out book detailing approximately 20 theorists who have had influences in the way we approach early years education.
I would normally dip in and out of text books but this one I was happy to read as it's set out in such a undemanding and informative way.

The book is set out with headings about each theorist's;
- Life and upbringing
- Books and writing
- Their theory
- How those theories have been put into practise and their influence

The author also critiques the theories and provides web sites and books to find out more about each one.

Whilst it's definitely a useful book and one I've found interesting, I had hoped to find some information on Maslow, Rogers or Kelly so was slightly disappointed they weren't mentioned.
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90 of 93 people found the following review helpful By W. Towgood on 3 Feb. 2007
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This book gives a brief outline of the most well known child development theorists. Studying for my foundation degree in childhood studies I refer to this book often as a start point for further research on a particuar theorist, or to find a theorist to make sence of my studies. Together with 'Theories of Childhood' by Carol Garhart Mooney I'm not worried about where to start looking for my research. I look at these! BUY IT.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seren Ade HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2011
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This book is concise and accessibly written, providing a summary of the lives and theories of some of the most prominent thinkers on the subject of early years development/education - by and large dedicating 2-3 pages to each theorist. The book is ideally pitched in terms of level/depth of knowledge needed for students on Level 3 courses and provides good summary information for those engaged in higher level studies (e.g. Early Years Foundation degree).

As a part-time tutor, I would be happy to see foundation degree students referencing this work, but I would also expect those producing the highest levels of work (and anticipating carrying on to degree/Masters level) to seek texts which allow greater critical engagement.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Jane Fanning on 21 Oct. 2007
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very easy to read and understand making it ideal for nvq3 childcare a must! great!!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By G. D. Griffin on 11 Feb. 2008
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Great book, great for all levels - good mix of theorists, excellent links to more information. Good links to those who oppose the theorists cited and why - would recommend as a good basic book for any level of learning
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Bhatti on 10 Feb. 2009
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i found it an easy read with just the right amount of information and not over bearing.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Amy Jones on 26 Oct. 2007
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Really helped give me a basic outline of each theorists life and studies. Has been my bible for my foundation degree in early years
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By H K. Morley on 16 Nov. 2007
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I'm doing an early years degree and this book provides lots of basic, vital info about theorists. Well worth the money & easy to read with lots of visual info too.
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