Theme: Childhood Today – A Froebelian Perspective

Call for Papers The 2023 conference will focus on the Froebelian principles and how they relate to childhood today, under the following themes: The central Importance of play Engaging with nature -sustainability and educational practice Creativity & the power of symbols – “ideas given visible form” Relationships matter – working with children and their fami...

Maria Cooper on “Why does Froebel matter in the 21st Century”? A response inspired by 1-year-olds in four countries

This article first appeared in the journal The First Years Ngā Tau Tuatahi 24(1) 2022, where it was published (and is republished here) subject to the copyright provisions of a Creative Commons (Attribution-NonCommercial) License. Cooper-FYJ-Vol24-Iss1-2022-9-NovDownload

Call for Papers: Childhood Today: IFS 10th Biennial Conference June 15-17, 2023 (Maynooth University, Ireland)

Theme: Childhood Today – A Froebelian Perspective Call for Papers The 2023 conference will focus on the Froebelian principles and how they relate to childhood today, under the following themes: The central Importance of play Engaging with nature -sustainability and educational practice Creativity & the power of symbols – “ideas given visible form” Relati...

In Memoriam

The IFS mourns the loss of Yordanka Valkanova, who passed away on 18 August 2022 in her native Bulgaria. Yordanka - known to many as Danna - was a deeply committed scholar and educator who published numerous works on Froebelian education, the history of childhood and Soviet and Jewish education (among other topics). In addition to her role as Senior Lecturer at Canterbury Chri...

Working for Children and Social Change, by Bethell & May (2021)

The IFS is pleased to republish here (with copyright holder permission) Working for children and social change: Tracing the endeavours of three Scottish lady teachers who immigrated to New Zealand in the early 20th century (2021), by Kerry Bethell and Helen May. (Download the full-text version here.) This freely downloadable open access book - also available in hard copy - ...

Our June 2021 9th Biennial Conference: A roaring success!

Our 9th Biennial Conference, originally planned for June 2020 in Edinburgh, Scotland, took place in June 2021. The conference's online format made it accessible to a greater diversity of participants than ever before, with over 150 researchers and practitioners from dozens of countries around the globe logging in to hear live presentations and join in online conversations. The...

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