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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