A new article examining Froebelian principles and practice in early childhood education has just been published online by the international journal, Early Child Development and Care for a special issue on major theorists and pioneers.

The special issue journal will also be published as a book by Routledge. The article is a collaborative piece from Sacha Powell, CEO of the Froebel Trust and Lynn McNair, Head of Cowgate Under Fives Centre in Edinburgh.

Friedrich Froebel is well-known for the invention of kindergarten and the pioneering educational philosophy he developed in the 1800s. This new article looks at how his radical ideas and principled approach to early childhood education and care have inspired generations of educators to hold true to creative progressive pedagogies and the integrity of early childhood in its own right.

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To swim against the tide of educational doctrines that promote reductive and transmissive views of young children’s capabilities and signs of learning, demands the kind of courage that early Froebelian travellers have displayed and which contemporary Froebelians marshal in their everyday work.

Dr Sacha Powell and Dr Lynn McNair