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543703 (Softbound)
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Published by Redleaf Press

A history of developmentally appropriate practice

Giants in the Nursery examines the evolution of developmentally appropriate practice in this biographical history of early childhood education. This book, from David Elkind, explores the theory's progression—from its beginnings in writings of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century philosophers, its experimental implementation by eighteenth- and nineteenth-century practitioners, and its scientific grounding in contemporary theory and research.

It includes biographical sketches and perspectives of eleven philosophical, pedagogical, and theoretical figures—the giants—in this evolution:
  • John Amos Comenius
  • John Locke
  • Jean Jacques Rousseau
  • Heinrich Pestalozzi
  • Frederick Froebel
  • Rudolf Steiner
  • Maria Montessori
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Jean Piaget
  • Erik Erikson
  • Lev Semenovich Vygotsky

280 pages

Author David Elkind took the time to talk with us about Giants in the Nursery: A Biographical History of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, his professional life, and more. Click here to read his Author Spotlight interview.

About David Elkind, PhD

David Elkind, PhD, is professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He was formerly professor of psychology, psychiatry, and education at the University of more..


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