A historical overview
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A historical overview book
The history of childhood and early childhood education is long and complex. It is argued about up to the present time, with important educationalists claiming their doctrines to have been the first or the most significant. If radical thought is at the very root of innovative ideas in education, then experimental pre-school systems have perhaps been the most radical, initiating ideas like ‘child-centred learning’, ‘open teaching’ and the ‘outdoor classroom’, which anticipated many later developments in general education. A number of landmark buildings reflected these progressive ideas. It is fair to say that they have on various levels acted as prototypes for progressive school design, as well as early-years education up to the present day.