George Morrison’s goal in creating the Thirteenth Edition of Early Childhood Education Today was to collect the most current, researched-based information available on providing the high-quality early education all children need to be successful in school and in life.
The new edition integrates thirteen critical themes that are foundational to the field today: the importance of children’s literacy development, teaching in increasingly diverse classrooms, applying developmentally appropriate practice, closing the achievement gaps between children in poverty and those that are more economically advantaged, integrating special education and early childhood education, teaching in an inclusive classroom, closing school readiness gaps, meeting the challenges of teacher accountability, integrating STEM subjects into the curriculum, providing for children’s mental health, using technology to support learners, developing as a professional, and guiding children’s behavior to promote personal responsibility.
The new edition retains the engaging style that has made the book so popular and provides practical examples of authentic teaching practices used by master teachers around the country. Its strong coverage of development in the age-specific chapters and its emphasis on diversity make it the leading book in the field.
George S. Morrison is professor of early childhood education at the University of North Texas where he teaches early childhood education and development to undergraduates and mentors masters and doctoral students. He is an experienced teacher and principal in the public schools.
Professor Morrison’s accomplishments include the Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Outstanding Service and Teaching Awards from Florida International University, and the College of Education Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at the University of North Texas. His books include Early Childhood Education Today, Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, and Teaching in America. Professor Morrison has also written books about the education and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; child development; the contemporary curriculum; and parent/family/ community Involvement.
Dr. Morrison is a popular author, speaker, and presenter. He is senior contributing editor for the Public School Montessorian. His research and presentations focus on the globalization of early childhood education, the influence of contemporary educational reforms on education, and the application of best practices to early childhood education. Professor Morrison also lectures and gives keynote addresses on early childhood education and development in Thailand, Taiwan, China, South Korea, and the Philippines.
Part 1 • Early Childhood Education and Professional Development
Chapter 1 You and Early Childhood Education: What Does It Mean to Be a Professional?
Chapter 2 Current Issues and Public Policy: Contemporary Influences on Children and Families
Chapter 3 Observation and Assessment for Teaching and Learning: Effective Teaching Through Appropriate Evaluation
Part 2 • Foundations: History and Theories
Chapter 4 The Past and the Present: Prologue to the Future
Chapter 5 Theories Applied to Teaching and Learning: Foundations for Practice
Part 3 • Programs and Services for Children and Families
Chapter 6 Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice
Chapter 7 Child Care: Meeting the Needs of Children and Families
Chapter 8 The Federal and State Government: Supporting Children’s Success
Part 4 • Teaching Today’s Young Children: Linking Development and Learning
Chapter 9 Infants and Toddlers: Foundation Years for Learning
Chapter 10 The Preschool Years: Readiness for School and Life
Chapter 11 Kindergarten Education: Learning All You Need to Know
Chapter 12 The Primary Grades: Preparation for Lifelong Success
Chapter 13 Technology and Young Children: Education for the Information Age
Part 5 • Meeting the Special Needs of Young Children
Chapter 14 Guiding Children: Helping Children Become Responsible
Chapter 15 Multiculturalism: Living and Learning in a Diverse Society
Chapter 16 Children with Diverse Needs: Appropriate Education for All
Chapter 17 Parent, Family, and the Community Involvement: Building Partnerships for Student Success
Appendix A NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
Appendix B NAEYC Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age Eight
Appendix C Time Line: The History of Early Childhood Education