Early Education and Psychological Development

Barbara Biber: Foreword by Edward Zigler

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September 10, 1987
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300039191
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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

"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 Murphy

"This work can only be described as one of the finest pieces of literature on early childhood education that has appeared.  Biber's career has spanned many of the most significant happenings or milestones in the field during this century.  The author has contributed immensely through the years—with lectures, work with students, and research—to the growth and understandings in the field of early childhood education....One cannot help being impressed with her insight, wisdom, and good sense.  The end result is a collection of ideas that cover major trends in the period from 1930 until the 1980s.  The material is cohesively arranged, broad in scope, and a major contribution to the educational literature.  The bibliography is well-developed; the index is extensive.  Highly recommended to both general and academic collections at all levels."—Choice

"Barbara Biber's Early Education and Psychological Development provides a rich resource for early childhood education seeking to clarify their understanding of current theory and practice. The book includes papers, many of them now considered classics, selected from Biber's writing during half a century in the field. Her comments on the contexts in which they developed and her reflections on the ensuing years provide a unique and illuminating intellectual history."—Millie Almy

"Forty years ago, Barbara Biber introduced me to child development, and I've regretted ever since that her writings were relatively unknown outside Bank Street. Now this collection will show how much we've all been missing."—Courtney B. Cazden

"In 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 Foreword

"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, Yale University

"An all-too-rare glimpse into what scholarship can be at its best....[Biber] uses her formidable powers of analysis and synthesis to sift through and make sense of the enormous volume of material that has accumulated about early childhood education. Today when we are mired in the heart of an attempt to come up with a cognitive 'fix' for all our educational problems, it is important that we hear a voice argue convincingly that there are no easy or simple cures to the myriad of education problems. This book should be read and treasured."—Ronald Reed, Young Children

"To see that Barbara Biber, a creative giant in our field, has written a new book is reason enough to read it. . . .[This book] requires thoughtful concentration and reflection.  It is worth the effort."—Marcia Sameth, M.S.W., Westchester Association for the Education of Young Children Newsletter

"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

"Biber provides a sweeping and critical overview of the genesis of early childhood education and its relations to the findings of developmental psychology.  The evaluation, application, and investigation of experimental programs with their methodological difficulties are presented objectively but with great commitment and conviction."—Practice of Child Psychology and Child Psychiatry