Understanding Schemas and Emotion in Early Childhood

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SAGE, Jan 15, 2010 - Education - 192 pages
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This book makes explicit connections between young children's spontaneous repeated actions, and their representations of their emotional worlds. Drawing on the literature on schemas, attachment theory and family contexts, the author takes schema theory into the territory of the emotions, making it relevant to the social and emotional development strand in early childhood education.

Based on research carried out alongside children, parents, workers and co-researchers at the world-famous Pen Green Nursery, and using case studies of a small number of individual children, the author shows new links between cognition and affect. The book includes a brief summary of a method of Child Study, using video and reflections on video sequences.

This book will be of interest to students and practitioners on Early Childhood undergraduate and postgraduate courses, as well as those taking modules on schema theory.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Early Years Practitioners and Parents Engaging in Child Study
13
Developing a Ritual for Separating
29
Exploring Lines and Connecting and Coming to Understand Separations
39
Containing Enveloping and Transporting
55
Exploring Together and Apart and Moving from Vertical to Horizontal with Objects
73
Enveloping Containing and Seriating to Understand Separation and Loss and the Distribution of Power
85
Containing Enveloping and Going Through Boundaries
105
Trying to Make Sense of a Death in her Family
123
An Early Years Practitioner Studying Childrens Emotions
133
10 Conclusions and Theorising about Schemas and Emotions
149
Bibliography
159
Index
167
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