New Book: Tina Bruce’s Friedrich Froebel. A Critical Introduction to Key Themes and Debates (2021)

From the publisher’s website: “This book considers the origins of Froebelian early childhood education providing context to the development of his theories and ideas, critically examines the key themes of this philosophy of education and explores the relevance of Froebelian practice today. Tina Bruce reflects on central aspects of Froebelian philosophy of education: the importance of family, highly trained teachers, engagement with nature, mother songs, movement games, play and self-activity of the child, the whole child and the Froebelian concept of unity. In exploring each element Bruce considers the implications for Froebelian practice and research today, and addresses the views of critics and supporters, Each aspect is considered within an international context, drawing on research and practice from across the world. The final chapter gathers together the next steps for Froebelian early childhood education, providing navigational tools and suggestions for what needs to be addressed if Froebel is to remain useful to future practitioners, researchers and policy makers.” Read more about the book at

Bruce, an internationally known scholar of Froebelian philosophy, principles and practice, holds numerous positions of leadership within the field. She is a longstanding member of the International Froebel Society’s Executive Committee, current Vice President of Early Education in the British Association for Early Childhood Education, Patron of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE), and a key member of the UK-based Froebel Network.