Early Childhood Education: Learning Theorists

Learning Theories and the EYLF

 

"Different theories about early childhood inform approaches to children’s learning and development" 

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Developmental Theorists

"theories that focus on describing and understanding the processes of change in children’s learning and development over time"

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Socio-cultural Theorists

"theories that emphasise the central role that families and cultural groups play in children’s learning and the importance of respectful relationships and provide insight into social and cultural contexts of learning and development"

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Socio-Behaviourist Theorists

"theories that focus on the role of experiences in shaping children’s behaviour"

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Critical Theorists

"theories that invite early childhood educators to challenge assumptions about curriculum, and consider how their decisions may affect children differently"

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Post-structuralist Theorists

"theories that offer insights into issues of power, equity and social justice in early childhood settings"

Council of Australian Governments 2009, Belonging, being and becoming - the early years learning framework for Australia, Department of Education and Training, Canberra, p 12.

Deleuze and Guattari

 Giles Deleuze (1925 - 1995) and Felix Guattari (1930 - 1992)