Throughout history, numerous figures have influenced the world of early childhood education. Any class that deals with child development or early education has briefly (sometimes more in depth on some theorists) described and explained the different theories and theorists that formed what early childhood education is today.
It is essential for teachers or future teachers to have a better understanding of all the people who helped shape what and how current teachers teach. Among those people are the following:
Luther, Comenius, Locke, Rousseau, Pestalozzi, Owen, Froebel, Montessori, Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Maslow, Erikson, Bronfenbrenner, and Gardner