The History of Early Years Teacher Education and the Open-Air Nursery

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Betty Liebovich, Goldsmiths, University of London, research interests include the history of the open-air nursery, focusing on the Rachel McMillan Nursery and the history of early years teacher education, focusing on the Rachel McMillan Training College in Deptford. Conference presentations and pending publications have centred on the early years educational philosophy of Margaret McMillan, interviews conducted with graduates of the Rachel McMillan Training College to establish a history of pedagogy for early years teacher education, and the influence that Margaret McMillan’s philosophy has had on contemporary early years teacher education and practice. Betty’s research work for her doctoral study concentrated on preservice early childhood students’ perceptions of advocacy.

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