Who Am I in the Lives of Childrenis a warm and comprehensive introduction to early childhood education that is dedicated to helping you promote the development of the whole child-physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. Its practical orientation, personal voice, appealing photographs, and numerous stories and examples set it apart. Because of its emphasis on respecting and honoring the individual child and showing you how your values and ethics impact your work with children, it has become one of most well-respected books in the field. You will be encouraged to begin with children as they are and focus on getting to know each individual's strengths, interests, challenges, and circumstances. This will enable you to support each child in growing and learning in ways that are in harmony with who they are, rather than according to a predetermined plan.
The authors, Stephanie Feeney (University of Hawai’i at Manoa, Emerita), Eva Moravcik (Honolulu Community College), and Sherry Nolte (Honolulu Community College), have filled the roles of preschool teacher, social worker, kindergarten teacher, center director, education coordinator, parent and child center program director, consultant, parent educator, CDA trainer, Head Start regional training officer, author, and college professor. They have worked in parent cooperatives, child care centers, preschools, infant-toddler programs, Head Start programs, military child care programs, public schools, government agencies, and college settings. They have been board members of their local and national early childhood organizations and child advocates.
Since her retirement Stephanie Feeney has been co-editor of the 3rd edition of Continuing Issues in Early Childhood Education, and has written Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Doing Our Best for Young Children. She continues to be involved in writing and teaching about professional ethics.
Eva Moravcik’s daily work with children, family, staff, and college students at Leeward Community College Children’s Center continues to provide her with grounding in the reality of life in a program for young children.
Sherry Nolte, who joined the team as contributor to the seventh edition and coauthor in the eighth edition, brings extensive experience working in programs for military families, low-income children, and infants and toddlers.
Chapter 1: The Teacher of Young Children
Chapter 2: The Field of Early Childhood Education
Chapter 3: History of Early Childhood Education
Chapter 4: Child Development
Chapter 5: Observation, Assessment and Documentation
Chapter 6: Relationships and Guidance
Chapter 7: Health, Safety and Well-being
Chapter 8: The Learning Environment
Chapter 9: Understanding and Supporting Play
Chapter 10: The Curriculum
Chapter 11: Curriculum Planning
Chapter 12: Including All Children
Chapter 13: Partnership with Families Chapter 14:
Becoming a Professional