Synopses & Reviews
Everyone who is concerned about the early years of development in children will find Dr. Biber's book, Early Education and Psychological Development intensely absorbing. It is a fascinating sharing of her experience as a major leader in early education over more than a half-century, at a time when implications of Dewey's thought, and that of Freud, Watson, Piaget were enriching and stimulating the thinking of educators and leaders in the field of child care. The intimate autobiographical context of her historical, psychological, and philosophical discussion plunges the reader into the very process of discovering new awarenesses of the complexity of child development. This is a unique book: it will be a classic, to give perspective to the present generation and those to follow.-Lois Barclay MurphyIn this marvelous book, we have a record of the evolution of Barbara Biber's thinking on early childhood education and the personal, scientific, and intellectual forces which shaped her thought....It will be obvious to all who read this book why Biber has long been regarded as the premier worker in the field of early childhood education.-Edward Zigler, from the ForewordNo other volume in the literature of early education brings together the reflections of an outstanding leader as they have developed over a period that is almost equivalent to the history of the field....A richly detailed and intimate picture of the construction of a knowledge base for the education of young children.-Millie Almy, American Journal of Education
Barbara Biber, a seminal figure in twentieth-century education, here presents a selection of her writings on developmental and educational psychology over a forty-year period. Each of the older articles is introduced by a brief personal note placing it in context and is followed by a new essay that highlights its continuing relevance and surveys pertinent thinking in the intervening years.
"No other volume in the literature of early education brings together the reflections of an outstanding leader as they have developed over a period that is almost equivalent to the history of the field.... A richly detailed and intimate picture of the construction of a knowledge base for the education of young children."--Millie Almy, American Journal of Education
"One of the finest pieces of literature on early childhood education that has appeared."--Choice
"This book should be read and treasured."--Ronald Reed, Young Children
"An outstanding contribution to the fields of developmental psychology and educational psychology. I expect that within a few years it will be generally regarded as a classic in both fields."--Irving L. Janis