IFS-Deutschland Symposium (Frankfurt a.M./19-20 October 2018)

In cooperation with the University of Frankfurt's Department of Educational Sciences, the International Froebel Society-Germany (IFS-D) invites participants to its 2018 symposium, to be held at the Goethe University of Frankfurt in Frankfurt am Main on the 19th and 20th of October, 2018.  The focus of this year's symposium is  "Fröbel und die Politik: Kindheitspädagogik und Pol...

New Book: Routledge Int’l Handbook of Froebel and Early Childhood Practice, Tina Bruce, Peter Elfer, Sacha Powell & Louie Werth, eds.

Routledge's International Handbooks series has published a new volume of essential reading for all those interested in the history, analysis, and practical implementation of Froebelian principles in education. The new Routledge International Handbook of Froebel and Early Childhood Practice: Re-articulating Research and Policy, edited by Tina Bruce, Peter Elfer, Sacha Pow...

8th International Froebel Society Conference (Hiroshima, 6-8 Sept 2018)

The 2018 International Froebel Society conference was a rousing success!  We are extremely grateful to our colleagues at the Japanese Society for the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel and at Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University, who organized a terrific conference and served as our gracious hosts in Hiroshima. A report on the conference will appear here in due course; in the ...

New Book: Growing a Kindergarten Movement in Aotearoa New Zealand by Helen May & Kerry Bethell

NZCER Press has just published a new book by esteemed Froebelian historians and early years experts (and former IFS President) Helen May and Kerry Bethell entitled Growing a kindergarten movement in Aotearoa New Zealand: Its people, purposes and politics. This excellent volume traces the history of the nation's kindergarten movement from the earliest days of contact with Froebe...

CFP: 8th International Froebel Society Conference (6-8 Sept 2018 in Hiroshima)

The 8th International Froebel Society Conference will be held from 6-8 September 2018 in Hiroshima, Japan. The conference is organized by the Japanese Society for the Study of Pestalozzi and Froebel and co-organized by Hiroshima Bunka Gakuen University. The 2018 conference theme is Education for peace: Froebelian contributions at global and local level. The call for papers ...

Announcing The Kindergarten Heritage Collection of New Zealand

The Kindergarten Heritage Collection of New Zealand was launched in late 2016 and is a vibrant, ongoing history project of the country's national kindergarten organizations. The items selected for the launch are exemplars of the kind of material intended for preservation and collection. (more…)

Academics vs. Play: The False Dilemma That Some Principals Face (NAEYC blog)

Researchers Shayna Cook and Abbie Lieberman report on the results of their investigations into whether and how US elementary school principals (primary school head teachers) understand play as learning. The news is not good!  As Cook and Lieberman report, "the majority of principals felt pressured to limit play time in pre-K, kindergarten, and the early grades to focus on acade...

1817-2017: Two Centuries of ‘Froebel the Pedagogue’ in Keilhau

With the IFS as patron, The Thuringia (Germany) Froebel Association and JugendSozialwerk Nordhausen e. V. hosted a number of events in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Froebel's first educational institution, “Allgemeine Deutsche Erziehungsanstalt” (General German Education Institute) in Keilhau/Rudolstadt. In addition to celebrating Froebel's achievement...

New Book: ‘The Translatlantic Kindergarten’ by Ann Taylor Allen

Oxford University Press has published a new book by renowned historian (and IFS plenary speaker) Professor Emerita Ann Taylor Allen entitled The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Education and Women's Movements in Germany and the United States (2017) As the Press's website explains, "In this elegant book, Ann Taylor Allen presents the first transnational history of the kindergarte...

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