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Learning Theories in Childhood
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An Introduction to Learning Theories The Developmental Process Underpinning Learning: The Role of Theory and Philosophy The Founding Fathers and Philosophies of Learning Classical and Operant Conditioning: The Early Years Experience Piaget, Learning and Cognitive Constructivism Vygotsky: Learning in a Social Matrix Bandura, Bronfenbrenner and Social Learning Bruner and Discovery Learning/Constructivism New Perspectives: Childhood Studies Theory in Practice: Learning and the Reflective Practitioner The Changing Nature of Learning

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Dr Colette Gray is a Chartered Developmental Psychologist at Stranmillis University College, a College of The Queen's University of Belfast. She is a Principal Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, was until very recently the Head of Research Development and a Visiting Professor (Child Development & Education) to the University of St Marks & St John's Plymouth. She has studied and taught a range of undergraduate and post graduate degree modules to students for more than 20 years. Editor of the International Journal of Early Years Education, she continues to develop her research interests in the field of participatory research which children and marginalised groups, the impact of special needs on children's learning, and the ethical implications of research involving vulnerable groups. Married for 40 years, she is the proud grandmother of three pre-schoolers Jacob (3 yrs 6mths), Isabelle (20 months) and Isaac (15 mths). Sean MacBlain PhD is a distinguished author and academic whose publications include: MacBlain (Sage, 2014) How Children Learn; Gray and MacBlain (Sage, 2015) Learning Theories in Childhood, now going into its 3rd edition; MacBlain, Long and Dunn, (Sage, 2015) Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion: Child-centred Perspectives; MacBlain, Dunn and Luke (Sage, 2017) Contemporary Childhood. A number of Sean's publications are used by students, academics and practitioners worldwide. Sean is currently a senior academic at Plymouth Marjon University where he previously held the positions of Research Lead for the Centre for Professional and Educational Research, Research Coordinator for the School of Education and Deputy Chair of the Ethics Committee. Sean also worked previously as a Senior Lecturer in Education and Developmental Psychology at Stranmillis University College, Queens University Belfast. In addition to this, Sean has also worked for over twenty years as an educational psychologist and continues in this field as an independent practitioner. Sean is married to Angela and lives in Somerset, England. Sean MacBlain will be discussing key ideas from Contemporary Childhood in the SAGE Early Years Masterclass, a free professional development experience hosted by Kathy Brodie. To sign up, or for more information, click here.

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This second edition is a fundamental text for anyone working with children or thinking about studying children and learning. It features extended discussion of essential theorists as well as helpful at-a-glance tables which enable the reader to compare different theories.

-- Jenny Carpenter

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