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ERIC Number: EJ834192
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
A Case Study Showing How One Young Child Represented Issues Concerned with Attachment and Separation in Her Spontaneous Explorations
Arnold, Cath
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v17 n1 p147-162 Mar 2009
This paper presents a case study of a young child, demonstrating evidence of a connection between "enveloping" objects and understanding presence and absence of a temporary and permanent nature. The starting point for the researcher was: an interest in identifying schemas or repeated patterns in order to understand cognitive development and; a curiosity as to why young children explore certain schemas at particular times, sometimes quite extensively. Eight children were observed systematically over time. Video observations were viewed by the researcher alongside the children's parents and workers to make tentative connections between cognition and affect (Jordan and Henderson 1995). In order to link cognition and affect, the author drew on schematic theory (Piaget 1956, 1951; Athey 1990, 2007) and psychoanalytic theory (Bowlby 1997; Winnicott 1960, 1991). The paper shows how the biological patterns (schemas) are fleshed out by each child's socio-cultural context, thereby drawing on a third strand, the work of Vygotsky (1978, 1986). (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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