Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education History, Theories, and Approaches to Learning, Loose-Leaf Version

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  • Edition: 3rd
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  • Copyright: 2014-04-15
  • Publisher: Pearson
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Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, 3/e presents a broad exploration of the scope, roles, and practices of working with and for children and families that’s ideal for both the beginning educator, as well as for those with experience teaching young children who are working to further their education. Toward the goal of helping educators make connections between beliefs and philosophies and practice, it includes stories or extended vignettes from a variety of classrooms that highlight how teachers and programs are integrating guiding principles and beliefs into applied practice. A resource for those beginning or continuing a reflective journey on the evolving path of defining and reshaping an educator’s own practice with children and families, it encourages educators to go forth and find a voice that will be used to advocate on behalf of all children and families. Now also available as a Pearson Enhanced eText, this new edition reflects recent changes in early care and education practice based on legislative and policy changes, as well as the latest research on effective practice. Included are contextualized videos, Learning Outcomes, streamlined summaries, additional charts and graphic features, coverage of evidence-based practice and Common Core State Standards, and some important content changes that bring the material up-to-date and in step with today’s latest information in the field. The Enhanced Pearson eText features embedded video and internet resources.


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Author Biography

Lissanna Follari has been a faculty in early childhood teacher education programs for 13 years and is currently Director for the Bachelors of Innovation in Inclusive Early Childhood Education with the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. She has written two textbooks with Pearson, Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education, 3rd edition, and Valuing Diversity in Early Childhood, 1st edition, both published in 2014. She began her career as a passionate educator for young children and families two decades ago and has taught toddlers through elementary school children. Along the way, Dr. Follari also served in child care and lab school administration roles, always promoting play-based, whole-child centered learning environments filled with wonder and beauty for children and teachers alike. She presents trainings and workshops at several regional and national conferences annually in addition to teaching and writing. Above all else, Dr. Follari is a dedicated advocate for joy and excellence in early childhood care and education; passions that are fueled by her most important role as a mother.

Table of Contents

Part I  Foundations

Chapter 1    Welcome to the Field of Early Childhood Education

Chapter 2    Historical Overview: People and Beliefs That Shaped the Field

Chapter 3    Professionalism in Early Childhood Education: Framing Best Practices

Chapter 4    Influential Theories I: Bioecological Model and Constructivism         

Chapter 5     Families and Children Today: Diversity in Today’s Classrooms  

Part II  Models and Approaches

Chapter 6    Head Start and Early Head Start: Empowering Change from Within

Chapter 7    The High/Scope Foundation: Planning, Implementing, and Reviewing Best Practices    

Chapter 8    The Project Approach: Active Inquiry in Early Childhood

Chapter 9    The Schools of Reggio Emilia: A Child’s World

Chapter 10   Montessori Education: Environment, Materials, and Methods

Chapter 11   Waldorf Education: Harmony and the Whole Child

Part III   Beginning the Journey

Chapter 12   Bringing It All Together: Imagining and Becoming

Appendix A:    Early Childhood Education Historical Time Line and Notes

Appendix B:    Key Contributors

Appendix C:    Guiding Principles: Meshing Approaches

Appendix D:    Multiple Intelligence Planning Web

Appendix E:    Sample Professional Portfolio Rubric

Appendix F:    Look What We Are Developing in the Creative Arts Center             

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