Beginning Essentials in Early Childhood Education

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/15/2006
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing
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Beginning Essentials is a condensed foundations textbook that introduces the early childhood student to the field, the child and age range, the teacher’s role, the environment, and major issues in the field of early childhood education. Designed to assist students in gaining the knowledge and skills needed to become effective, competent teachers and caregivers, the content is presented in four distinct sections of the text. Each section is designed to answer one of the key questions every student of early childhood education wants answered: What is the Field? Who is the Child? Who is the Teacher? and What is Being Taught? The text places an emphasis on multiculturalism and developmentally appropriate practice, and many voices from the field are presented, maintaining that there are many authoritative voices to learn from. Special features of the text include Our Diverse World” sidebars, which weave issues of diversity throughout the text; What Do You Think boxes, which connect the reader to the content presented; and a chapter devoted to history and issues. This well-organized material is enhanced by a host of sidebars, photos, chapter activities, and integrated technology. Notations about Developmentally Appropriate Practice are interspersed throughout so that new and continuing teachers can see the many right ways” of teaching children.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
What Is the Field of Early Childhood Education?p. 1
History and Current Issues of Early Childhood Educationp. 3
Types of Programsp. 48
Who Is the Young Child?p. 83
Defining the Young Childp. 85
Developmental and Learning Theoriesp. 113
Who Are the Teachers?p. 169
Teaching: A Professional Commitmentp. 171
Observation and Assessment: Learning to Read the Childp. 199
Guidance Essentialsp. 243
Families and Teachers: An Essential Partnershipp. 269
What Is Being Taught?p. 291
Creating Environmentsp. 293
Curriculum Essentialsp. 343
Teaching: Taking Development into Actionp. 386
Glossaryp. 446
Timeline for Early Childhood Educationp. 455
Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitmentp. 460
NAEYC Position Statement: Responding to Linguistic and Cultural Diversity-Recommendations for Effective Early Childhood Educationp. 470
Indexp. 472
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