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Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education,9780137033874

Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education



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For Introduction to Early Childhood Education courses. Covers ages 0-8.The sixth edition of this brief, paperback, best-selling text is practical, based on current research and thinking about how young children learn, and provides concrete examples for how best to teach children from birth to age 8. It offers Morrison's friendly and accessible writing tone, comprehensive coverage, and practical application. A low cost, paperback alternative to the full edition.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: You and Early Childhood Education


Who is an Early Childhood Professional?

The Five Goals of Professionalism

Pathways to Professional Development

New Roles for Early Childhood Professionals

Activities for Professional Development

Chapter 2: Early Childhood Education Today


Issues Influencing the Practice of Early Childhood Education

Politics and Early Childhood Education

Federal and State Involvement in Early Childhood Programs

New Directions in Early Childhood Education

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 3: Histories and Theories


The Importance of History of Early Childhood Education

The Importance of Theories of Learning

Famous People and Their Influence on Early Childhood Education

From Luther to Today: Basic Beliefs Essential for High Quality Early Childhood Programs

Learning Theories and Their Influence on Early Childhood

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 4: Implementing Early Childhood Programs


Growing Demand for Quality Early Childhood Programs 

Program Models

Federal Programs for Young Children

Early Childhood Programs and You

Chapter 5: Standards and You


What Are National and State Standards for What Students Will Learn and Do?

Importance of National, State, and Local Standards

How Are Standards Changing Teaching and Learning?

What Are Issues Associated with National, State, and Local Standards?

Activities for Professional Development

Chapter 6: Observing and Assessing Young Children


What is Assessment and Why is it an Important Professional Responsibility?

Why is it Important for You to Know How to Assess Children and Families? 
Using Observation to Assess

Types of Assessment

Assessment in Context

What Are the Issues in the Assessment of Young Children?

Activities for Professional Developmen


Chapter 7: Infants and Toddlers

What Are Infants and Toddlers Like?

How Do Infants and Toddlers Develop?

Motor Development

Cognitive Development

Language Development

Preparing Enriched Environments to Support Infant and Toddler Development

Curricula for Infants and Toddlers

Infant Mental Health

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 8: The Preschool Years

What is Preschool?

What Are Preschoolers Like?

Ready to Learn: Ready for School

Preschool and State Standards

The Preschool Curriculum

Play in Preschool Programs

Successful Transitions to Kindergarten

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 9: Kindergarten Today


The History of Kindergarten Education

What Are Kindergarten Children Like?

Who Attends Kindergarten?

Environments for Kindergarteners

Curriculum in the Kindergarten

Chapter 10: The Early Elementary Grades: 1-3

Teaching in Grades One to Three

What Are Children in Grades One to Three Like?

Environments That Support Learning in the Primary Grades

Curriculum in the Primary Grades

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development

Chapter 11: Educating Children with Diverse Backgrounds and Special Needs


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Children with Disabilities

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLS)

Multicultural Education

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 12: Guiding Children’s Behavior


Why Guide Children’s Behavior?

Guiding Behavior in a Community of Learners

What is the Social Constructivist Approach to Guiding Behavior?

Twelve Steps for Guiding Behavior

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 13: Parents, Families, and the Community

New Views of Parent/Family and Community Involvement

Changing Parents and Families: Changing Involvement

Types of Involvement

Activities for Involvement

The Challenge

Activities for Professional Development

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