GUIDING YOUNG CHILDREN, Ninth Edition, is written for early childhood educators and others responsible for working with and guiding young children in daily activities. The ninth edition of this popular book takes a developmental approach--stressing the need to consider the child's developmental level when planning activities. It offers concrete suggestions on how to guide children as they are involved in specific activities, such as playing, eating, napping, etc. The authors strive to teach educators and caregivers to manage the environment so that children can manage themselves and thus gain independence. The textbook incorporates the issue of inclusion in every chapter, and covers how to manage children with especially challenging behaviors by taking a positive behavior approach to all. The book includes many suggestions for application assignments that will help the reader get to know individual children they will likely encounter on the job. Core concepts addressed include: principles of guidance, values, children's development, collaboration, strength-based approach to guidance, strategies, self-direction, personal care routines, play and learning, outdoor play, and coping with challenging behavior. The authors continue to take a positive behavior approach and show how caregivers can have a positive impact on all children and their self-esteem by building a warm, supportive relationship, setting realistic expectations, and expressing confidence in the children's ability to make good choices. The authors hope to encourage readers to think about the origins of their own values and beliefs as they encounter different ideas among colleagues and the families of children in their care. Written with many suggestions for application assignments that will help the reader get to know individual children, this is the best textbook on the market in which to prepare prospective teachers and caregivers with wherewithal, knowledge and skills necessary to guide young children in today's diverse classrooms.
Patricia Hearron teaches child development and early education at Appalachian State University where she has coordinated the Birth-Kindergarten teacher preparation program since 1994. Before coming to Appalachian, she worked with children and families in a variety of roles: as Child Life Specialist in a children’s health clinic; a teacher and director of full- and part-day programs; a state child care licensing agent; and as a consultant, conducting professional development workshops for teachers and caregivers in Michigan, North Carolina and Texas. In addition to Guiding Young Children, she is co-author (with Verna Hildebrand) of Management of Child Development Centers (Pearson) and has published and presented on a wide variety of early childhood topics including the importance of outdoor play, inclusion of children with disabilities in infant-toddler programs, the project approach, and aspects of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education and care.
Verna Hildebrand taught child development and early education in the College of Human Ecology at Michigan State University. She is recognized internationally as an expert in the field and has published several widely-used textbooks, including an Introduction to Early Childhood Education; Parenting: Rewards and Responsibilities; and Knowing and Serving Diverse Families. In addition to Guiding Young Children, she is co-author (with Patricia Hearron) of Management of Child Development Centers.
Part I Principles of Guidance
Chapter 1: Guiding Young Children—a Preview
Chapter 2: Values as a Basis for Guidance
Chapter 3: Foundations of Guidance: Understanding Development and Observing Children
Chapter 4: Collaborating with Families of Young Children
Chapter 5: Positive Guidance: Building Human Resources
Part II Strategies for Guidance
Chapter 6: Indirect Guidance: The Role of the Environment in Facilitating Self-Direction
Chapter 7: Direct Guidance: Interacting with Children to Foster Self-Direction
Part III Applications
Chapter 8: Guiding Young Children in Personal Caregiving Routines
Chapter 9: Guidance and Curriculum: Interdependent Elements of Appropriate Practice
Chapter 10: Guiding Young Children’s Outdoor Play and Learning
Chapter 11: Understanding and Addressing Challenging Behavior