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The Child's Curriculum: Working with the Natural Voices of Young Children

Colwyn Trevarthen, Jonathan Delafield-Butt, and Aline-Wendy Dunlop


The Child’s Curriculum Group was created by former nursery school teachers concerned about reduction of local government support for the schools they had nurtured. They have a lifelong commitment to excellent provision for young children and their families and they urge recognition of the benefits to a child and their lifetime of learning when parents and nursery educators nourish companionship in discovery of meaning for work and play in early years. The child’s enthusiasm inspires development of a generous and valued ‘common sense’ in the community. The editors of our book are academics who ... More

Keywords: early education, affectionate relationships, communication and meaning, human movement, companionship, playful learning, ‘common sense’, community, policy support, excellent schools

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747109
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198747109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colwyn Trevarthen, editor
Professor (Emeritus) of Child Psychology and Psychobiology & Honorary Research Fellow in Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Jonathan Delafield-Butt, editor
Reader in Child Development and Director of the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism, University of Strathclyde, UK

Aline-Wendy Dunlop, editor
Emeritus Professor, School of Education, University of Strathclyde, UK

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Chapter 1 Defining the child’s curriculum, and its role in the life of the community

Colwyn Trevarthen, Aline-Wendy Dunlop, and Jonathan Delafield-Butt

Chapter 11 The courage of utopia

Robin Duckett and Catherine Reding

Chapter 16 Children’s ‘working theories’ as curriculum outcomes

Sally Peters, Keryn Davis, and Ruta McKenzie

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