Early Childhood Education Today

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-01-01
  • Publisher: PRENTICE HALL
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For Introduction to Early Childhood courses. In this comprehensive, market-leading text, one of the best-known authors in the field provide the knowledge and skills that prospective early childhood teachers need in order to confidently educate young children while effectively collaborating with parents, other professionals, and community agencies. Here is the broadest foundational coverage available, organized around seven core themes: Professionalism in Practice, Theory to Practice, Diversity, Family-Centered/Community-Based Practice, Timeliness, Developmentally-Appropriate Practice, and Applying Technology. Throughout the material, special features showcase the reality of early childhood education as it happens today, and encourage students to take full advantage of the educational arena to give all young children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life.

Table of Contents

Early Childhood Education And Professional Development
You and Early Childhood Education: What Does It Mean To Be a Professional?
Early Childhood Education Today: Understanding Current Issues
The Development Of Early Childhood Programs
The Past and the Present: Prologue to the Future
Montessori Education: Independence, Respect, and Self-Directed Learning
Piaget and Others: Contributors to Constructivism
Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice
Developmentally Appropriate Programs And Practices
Infants and Toddlers: Foundation Years for Learning
The Preschool Years: Getting Ready for School
Kindergarten Education: Learning All You Need to Know
The Primary Grades: Preparation for Lifelong Success
Guiding And Assessing Young Children
Observing and Assessing Young Children: Effective Teaching Through Appropriate Evaluation
Guiding Children's Behavior: Helping Children Become Responsible
Meeting The Special Needs Of Young Children
Technology and Young Children: Education for the Information Age
Multiculturalism: Education for Living in a Diverse Society
Children with Special Needs: Appropriate Education for All
Parent, Family, and Community Involvement: Cooperation and Collaboration
The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
NAEYC Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs
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This is my ninth preface toEarly Childhood Education Today.I always begin with words of encouragement and challenge, and this edition is no exception. This is an exciting time to be in the field of early childhood education. In fact, I can think of only one other time during my career when there was so much excitement and challenge: 1965, with the implementation of Head Start. The excitement and possibility in the air at that time are similar to those of today because of the current emphasis on school readiness, early literacy, reading, and brain developmental research, and because of a renewed interest in the importance of the early years. Early childhood is indeed in the public spotlight!As a result, the field of early childhood education is rapidly changing, as we will discuss in each of the seventeen chapters of this book. These changes bring with them both possibilities and challenges. The possibilities are endless for you as an early childhood education professional to participate in the restructuring and remaking of the early childhood profession. The challenges involved in remaking and reforming the profession will involve collaboration, hard work, and constant dedication to bringing to fruition the bright promise of a high-quality education for all children. An important question is: Will you take full advantage of these possibilities and challenges and help all young children get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in school and life?I believe that how you and I respond to the opportunities we have in front of us will determine how long the current interest in early childhood education lasts. You and other early childhood professionals must be creative in responding to the opportunities for teaching young children and in providing the support that they and their families need. GOALS OF THE TEXTThe primary goal ofEarly Childhood Education Today Ninth Edition,is to help you keep up to date and on the cutting edge of your profession; to help you meet the challenges of educating young children; and to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be. This edition gives you the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to confidently and appropriately assume your goal of being a leader in educating children, parents, and families.I wroteEarly Childhood Education Todayto provide all those who work with young children a learning text that is practical and based upon current ideas about what teaching young children is like today. Seven core themes are integrated throughout the text and provide a framework for reading, study, and professional development: Professionalism in Practice.What does it mean to be a practicing early childhood professional today? This text answers this question and helps you become a high-quality professional. Chapter 1, "You and Early Childhood Education: What Does It Mean To Be a Professional?" discusses in detail the many dimensions of professionalism. In addition, two core attributes of professional practice, collaboration and advocacy, are highlighted throughout the text. The "Voice from the Field" and "Program in Action" accounts that appear in every chapter illustrate how early childhood teachers are dedicated to helping children learn, grow, and develop to their full potential and to helping parents, families, and communities build strong educational programs. As you read about how these teachers put professionalism into practice, you will be inspired to proclaim, "I also teach young children." Theory to Practice.This text helps you understand how teachers and programs translate theories of learning and educating young children into practice. The "Voice from the Field" and "Program in Action" sections provide real-life insights into how teachers in programs across the United States endeavor to apply early childhood theories to their everyday practices. You will read firsthand about p

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