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Learn to Play
on 9 December 2014
Breaks down the theories of the major thinkers around childhood into easily digested concepts for those struggling to get to grips with educational psychology. Alfred Adler's work is also prescient when reading this and having a look at "Social Interest" will add value to understanding why early childhood and play is important in developing a psychologically healthy adult.
Those who were not allowed to play as children, later as Erikson details, become stuck within a life stage. Vygotsky looks at the role of language and proximal zones to encouraging children to move from being stuck to engaging with learning, seeing peer groups as important as a teacher. This chimes with the later work of Stack Sullivan and the adolescent chum. Montessori is the key to thinking about how schools become psychologically friendly instead of austere to young children and Dewey was the first to think about children as human beings. The Macmillan sisters were also key and the later work which took place in Italy is also crucial to a well rounded understanding of how human beings come forward.
Carol has written a book in an easily accessible style which operates as a benchmark for understanding these crucial concepts.