Friedrich Froebel: A path least trodden

Lynn J. McNair*, Sacha Powell

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Friedrich Froebel is well-known for the invention of kindergarten and the pioneering educational philosophy he developed in the 1800s, which respected children’s self activity and women’s capabilities for the role of teacher, while promoting play as the primary medium for learning. His radical ideas and principled approach to early childhood education and care have inspired generations of educators to hold true to creative progressive pedagogies and the integrity of early childhood in its own right. Illustrated by examples from Scotland and Aotearoa New Zealand, a new era in Froebelian education is aligned with the concepts of revolutionary critical pedagogy [McLaren, P. (1999). Schooling is a ritual performance: Toward a political economy of educational symbols. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers Incorporated] and teacher activism [Sachs, J. (2003b). Teacher activism and mobilising the profession. Plenary address presented to the British Educational Research Association Conference. Heriot Watt University, 11–13 September 2003.].

Original languageEnglish
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Early online date16 Aug 2020
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 16 Aug 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • critical
  • Froebel
  • pedagogies
  • revolutionary


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