Following in Froebel’s footsteps

Written by: Kathryn Solly
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

When I re-trained to become a nursery teacher I became acquainted and fascinated by Froebel’s ideas and how they linked to my own life experiences and teaching. His work has had a major influence on my subsequent career.

Key points

  • Despite great changes in the philosophies and methodologies of education, Froebel is still regarded by many as an architect, guide and conserver of early childhood education
  • His pedagogical work continues around the world and underpins many high quality resources, as well as the increasing movements resisting the over-emphasis on academic areas within the curriculum

Although I trained as a teacher, my degree in Environmental and Rural Science was aimed at the middle/secondary phase. However, after a couple of wonderfully different and challenging years teaching in a high school near the eastern tip of Papua New Guinea (PNG), where I grew vegetables, fruit and rice, raised pigs, chickens and cattle, as well as teaching, I returned home.

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