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Theories into Practice

Understanding and rethinking our work with young children and the EYLF

Theories into Practice briefly outlines the major thrust of each group and what it might look like in practice. Some major theorists are then focused on in turn. Discussion starter topics follow each theorist and questions for reflection that relate more to thinking about the main concepts in relation to practice are included.

The downloadable file Challenging Aspects of Practice (CAP) provides a tool to help educators identify and consider the theoretical perspectives that act to shape their practice. This tool relates to the NQS: Quality Area 1. It is designed to stimulating thinking and conversation at the individual and centre level to assist in understanding the interplay between theory and practice.

Click here to use the Challenging Aspects of Practice (CAP) activity

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Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 76 | Code: TS0280 | ISBN: 9781925145045

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Andrea Nolan

Andrea Nolan is Professor of Education (Early Childhood) in the School of Education at Deakin University. She has had extensive experience teaching in early childhood education settings as well as in primary schools, and has taught in the TAFE and university sectors, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as supervising higher degree research students.
Andrea has conducted research in both schools and preschools and has worked on a number of state, national and international projects on literacy development, program evaluation and professional learning for teachers. She has researched the impact of the current Australian reform agenda on professional identities and educator practice, leadership, mentoring, inter-professional work, and reflective practice as a means to better understand practice.

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Bridie Raban

Bridie Raban is currently an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the University of Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Her past research has focused on language and literacy development, teacher change and development, curriculum and assessment for the early childhood years and quality provision. She was the first Professor of Early Childhood Education in Victoria and the second in Australia, and before this she was Professor of Primary Education (Early Years) at the University of Warwick and President of the UK Reading Association.

 

 

Contents

Chapter 1: Theories and perspectives5
The impact of theories on practice6
Understanding the theories6
Developmental theories8
Socio-cultural theories9
Socio-behaviourist theories10
Critical theories11
Post-structuralist theories13
About this book14
Chapter 2: Developmental theorists and practical implications15
Developmental theories in practice15
Jean Piaget17
Rudolf Steiner21
Maria Montessori23
Howard Gardner26
Chapter 3: Socio-cultural theorists and practical implications29
Socio-cultural theories in practice29
Lev Vygotsky31
Jerome Bruner33
Urie Bonfenbrenner36
Loris Malaguzzi38
Barbara Rogoff40
Chapter 4: Socio-behaviourist theorists and practical implications42
Socio-behaviourist theories in practice42
Ivan Pavlov44
Frederic Skinner45
Albert Bandura47
Chapter 5: Critical theorists and practical implications49
Critical theories in practice49
Jurgen Habermas51
Paulo Freire53
Chapter 6: Post-structuralist theorists and practical implications55
Post-structuralist theories in practice56
Michel Foucault57
Pierre Bourdieu59
Gaile Canella61
Chapter 7: Challenging aspects of practice63
Reflecting on practice63
Where have our practices come from?64
Questioning practice66
Chapter 8: Theoretical understandings69
References and further reading72