Review by: Sherry Hatcher, PsycCRITIQUES - August 24, 2015
" . . . Elkind's scholarship is highly readable; his prose is clear, informative, and evocative. . . . Giants in the Nursery offers readers historically informed and engaging narratives about the pioneers of developmentally appropriate practice with young children . . . For certain, one additional Giant should be included and that is author David Elkind. He is such a prolific, important writer about child development and education . . . As such, I hope he will accept this reviewer's nomination of him as a most worthy twelfth 'Giant in the Nursery'"
Review: Midwest Book Review, California Bookwatch - June 1, 2015
Giants in the Nursey: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice comes from an expert in early childhood education who considers DAP theory, evolution, and implementation from its early concepts to its later scientific foundations, and is a pick for any who would understand the practice, its origins, and its purposes. It provides arguments for adopting DAP as the method of choice in supporting early childhood learning, and it provides a strong biographical history of early childhood education's major theoretical figures. Educators interested in a combination of history and applied theory will find this engrossing.
Review: Library Bookwatch - April 1, 2015
In Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP), a teacher or caregiver instructs children while taking into account theories of child development, the child's individual strengths and weaknesses as gleaned through authentic assessment, and the child's cultural background. Author David Elkdin, PhD (Professor Emeritus of Child Development, Tufts University) presents Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, a close examination of the history and usage of the educational concept of DAP. Especial focus is placed upon the psychology pioneers whose ideas shaped DAP into the form it is used today, including John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Maria Montesorri, Sigmund Freud, and much more. An excellent, thoughtful, well-reasoned account, ideal for college library educational studies shelves
Review by: Lilian Katz, University of Illinois - January 27, 2015
The eleven "giants" whose histories, experiences and ideas are well summarized here help us to appreciate how far we have come over the last dozen centuries in helping young children to grow, develop and learn in fruitful ways. Each of the leaders' work described here alert us to a wide range of benefits the nursery experience can offer. Giants in the Nursery offers us the opportunity to share others' ways of thinking and practicing and can stimulate us to continue to deepen our understanding of the complexities of human growth. Let's continue to share our experiences and insights as we address the enormous diversity within and among our countries as much as possible.
Review by: W. George Scarlett, Tufts University - December 3, 2014
It is fitting that David Elkind, himself a symbol of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, should write the history of DAP. Doing so deepens our appreciation for how this concept and approach has enriched the lives of young children and made early childhood education into the field it is today. Elkind's history focuses on the heroes or "giants" whose work and writings helped to develop the concept and make it eventually become the cornerstone of early childhood education. In doing so, he makes clear that each "giant" provides some complementary notion or emphasis, so that what we today refer to as developmentally appropriate practice is actually a combination of considerations for what it means to provide young children with the conditions they need in order to learn and develop.
Review by: Richard House, Founder of Early Childhood Action - December 3, 2014
With politically driven, evidence-lite 'schoolifying' ideologies besieging Western childhoods and relentlessly eroding early childhood experience, progressive-holistic early childhood educators will be delighted that an outstanding Giant and elder of Developmental Psychology and child-centered learning - Professor David Elkind - has devoted his panoramic erudition and wisdom to distilling the essence of 'developmentally appropriate practice' bequeathed to us by eleven of history's Giants of early child development. An indispensable contribution that should be compulsory reading for all practitioners, students, campaigners and policy-makers across the Western world, this is the most important book on early development of my generation.