As you read the next section on early care and education theorists think about children you have observed. Ask yourself the following questions:
What have I observed in children’s behaviors or interactions that verify the theory?
How do I include this theory in my interactions with children?
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The following pages contain information on five theorists who have influenced the field of early care and education. There are many theorists who have contributed to the practice of early care and education. Your center’s philosophy and program may be based on a different theory or approach to early childhood education. Ask your Center Director about the center’s philosophy and specific theories used in creating programs for young children.
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