Getting it RIGHT for Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds Applying Research to Improve Practice with a Focus on Dual Language Learners

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 7/7/2014
  • Publisher: Pearson

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What young children from diverse backgrounds and those faced with the challenges of poverty need to succeed in school today is the focus of this authoritative book. Grounded in research yet masterfully linked to practice, it gives early childhood practitioners the tools, resources, and guidance they need to ensure quality education for young children from all backgrounds and all walks of life.


Substantially reorganized and streamlined to focus on the most relevant issues, the new Second Edition of Linda Espinosa’s Getting It RIGHT for Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds looks at the advances in the scientific understanding of dual language development since the First Edition was published; presents the new research on program models and classroom practices that improve the educational outcomes for children from diverse backgrounds; includes a new chapter dedicated to instructional strategies and classroom practices with video links, illustrations, sample lessons, and practical examples; and adds clear learning objectives, summary paragraphs, reflection questions, and extensive activities to each chapter to help students internalize the content and apply it to their own work. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and internet resources.


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Author Biography

Dr. Linda M. Espinosa is one of the leading authorities on the development and achievement of young dual language learners in the United States. She has held numerous prestigious academic positions including Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Missouri-Columbia, Co-Director of the National Institute of Early Educational Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University, and Co-PI of the Center of Early Care and Education Research – Dual Language Learners (CECER-DLL) at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill as well as significant school district administrative positions throughout the state of California. She has co-authored the California Early Learning Foundations, English Language Learners Chapter, the California Preschool Curriculum Frameworks English Language Development Chapter, and the Desired Results Developmental Profile, 2010, English Language Development Assessment Measures.  Dr. Espinosa recently served as the lead consultant for the California State Best Practices for Young Dual Language Learners project and has published more than 90 research articles, book chapters and training manuals on how to establish effective educational services for low-income, minority families and children who are acquiring English as a second language.      

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Early Childhood Education, Diversity, and Educational Equity: Current Realities

Chapter 2 How Research Continues to Expand Our Understanding of Child Growth and Development

Chapter 3 Research on the Growth and Development of Young Dual Language Learners

Chapter 4 Practical and Proven Strategies for Teaching Young Dual Language Learners

Chapter 5 The Road Forward for Young Children from Diverse Backgrounds


Appendix A Promising Programs for Young Dual Language Learners

Appendix B Resources for Serving Young Children From Diverse Backgrounds

Appendix C Information on Technology for Young Diverse Learners

Appendix D Sample Individualized Language Plan





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