In analysis this longitudinal study shows that children have more insight and understanding than they are often given credit for and that they approach subjects that puzzle the most sophisticated of thinkers with an elegant simplicity beyond the expectations of conventional psychologists and children’s literature commentators. This book urges readers, especially practitioners and academics, to afford greater respect to what young children are capable of in this area.
1996 - Self-employed.
1997 - Create a Kids' Book: workshops, MSS assessment, email courses.
1996 - 2002 Memories in Print: biographies of elderly people for their families.
1995 - 2000, sessional lecturer at Deakin University and Australian Catholic University; English, children's literature and linguistics..
1992-1994 Deakin University, Rusden and Burwood Campuses: Lecturer A8, School of Literature and Journalism, Faculty of Arts.
1988 -1992: St Paul's School, Baxter: Head of Library Services for Woodleigh, the senior campus, and Minimbah, the junior campus at Frankston.
1981-1985: Australian Catholic University, Christ Campus: Senior Tutor, Department of English Literature and Language, both part and full time.
1980: Institute of Early Childhood Development (now School of Early Childhood Studies): Sessional lecturer in children's literature.
1980: Brighton City Library: Children's Librarian.
1967-1969: Essendon-Broadmeadows Regional Library Service (now Moonee Valley Regional Library Service): foundation Children's Librarian.
1963 -1966: Three libraries specialising in textiles, management and engineering.
Carol Garhart Mooney has been an early childhood educator for more than forty years. She is also the author of Theories of Attachment, Use Your Words, and Swinging Pendulums.
“From its clear explanation of the developing brain of a baby to its enlightened presentation on the art of reflective childcare, I see how many times I will use this work as a resource. . . . Building on key research from infant development, psychology, and neuroscience, Maguire-Fong invites reflection on what it means to teach and to learn when working with infants and toddlers.”
—From the Foreword by J. Ronald Lally, codirector of the Center for Child and Family Studies at WestEd, and author of For Our Babies
“Mary Jane Maguire-Fong explores deeply the connections between state-of-the-art science on young children's development, public policies affecting families, and best practice in the care and education of very young children. [This] is filled with so many great ideas, evocative illustrations, and practical considerations—all knit together in an almost lyrical narrative style. A wonderful, necessary read for anyone interested in supporting our youngest children.”
—Ross A. Thompson, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California, Davis
“Here is everything you ever wanted to know about very young children as ‘born researchers’—how they engage with the world so new to them and invite us to play with them in shared meaning-making. This book explores every aspect of early development and invites us to learn with the children, as we order time, space, and stuff to respond to their curiosity.”
—Elizabeth Jones, faculty emerita, Pacific Oaks College
In analysis this longitudinal study shows that children have more insight and understanding than they are often given credit for and that they approach subjects that puzzle the most sophisticated of thinkers with an elegant simplicity beyond the expectations of conventional psychologists and children�s literature commentators. This book urges readers, especially practitioners and academics, to afford greater respect to what young children are capable of in this area.