8. Spaces


A classic text by Bronfenbrenner is a great starting point when considering environments:

Bronfenbrenner, U. (1979) The Ecology of Human Development: Experiments by Nature and Design, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

Also try:

Baker, R. G. (1968) Ecological Psychology: Concepts and Methods of Studying the Environment of Human Behaviour, Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Corsaro, W. A. (2011) The Sociology of Childhood, London: Sage.

Texts which specifically focus on ECEC environments include:

Bradford, H. (2012) Appropriate environments for children under three, Oxford: Routledge.

Waller, T. (2011). 'Adults are essential: the roles of adults outdoors'. In: J. White (Ed.) Outdoor Provision in the Early Years, London: Sage.

Luff, P. (2008) Responsive work with babies in an English day nursery. In Brownlee, J.,  Berthelsen D. and Johansen, E. (Eds.) Participatory Learning in the Early Years: Theory, Research and Practice, London: Routledge.

Waller, T. (2010) 'Digital play in the classroom: A twenty-first century pedagogy?' In: Rogers S.  (Ed.) Rethinking Play and Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education: Concepts, Contexts and Cultures, Abingdon: Routledge Falmer.

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