Foundations and Theories of Early Childhood Education



The following individuals were incredibly influential in the field of early childhood development and education. By exploring the links associated with each theorist, you will discover how he or she influenced the field and how they helped shape modern education. 

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Johann Comenius (1592–1670)

John Locke (1632-1704)

Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712 – 1778)

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (1746-1827)

Robert Owen (1771-1858)

Friedrich Fröbel (1782-1852)

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

John Dewey (1859-1952)

Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934)

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)

Erik Homburger Erikson (1902 –1994)

Urie Bronfenbrenner (1917-2005)

Howard Earl Gardner’s (1943- )

After reading in depth about each theorist, create a 10-15 minute powerpoint presentation for educational peers including all of the above mentioned theorists. The presentation is to include the following:

* What each theorists was known for/ how  or what he or she contributed to education

* How these theories will influence you and the way you teach/will teach

* Who/What you think were the top three influences and why

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