Texas Version of Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education

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  • Edition: 6th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-11-11
  • Publisher: Pearson

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Fundamentals of Early Childhood EducationTexas Editionprovides a brief, reader-friendly introduction to the field of early childhood education. It presents engaging chapter features on early childhood programs, professionals in practice, diversity strategies, technology issues, and ethical decision-making. Separate chapters on infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and the primary grades explore young childrenrs"s unique developmental and educational needs.Fundamentalsrs"emphasis on professionalism throughout keeps the focus on meeting the needs ofeach and everychild and providing up-to-date information and strategies to develop competent, informed early childhood professionals. It also provides an additional chapter on Grades Four through Six and a brief Guide for Teaching Children In Texas featuring the different pathways to teaching in Texas and information covering the current Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines. New to this edition: MyEducationLab margin notes in every chapter integrate new online assignable video-based exercises, linked to learning outcomes and NAEYC Standards, perfect for all types of courses. A Study Plan on MyEducationLab provides practice multiple-choice items with feedback. Chapter content is aligned with the revised six NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs. New "Accommodating Diverse Learners" sections address the inclusion of all children, including those with special needs. This feature recognizes the ongoing integration of the fields of early childhood education and early childhood special education. Many additional core content examples and illustrations and a streamlined body of features result in a more accessible and applied edition. Resources:OnlineInstructorrs"s Manual;Online Test Bank;MyTest, an electronic test management system that also generates WebCT and Blackboard formats; andOnline PowerPoints.

Author Biography

George S. Morrison is a professor of early childhood education at the University of North Texas where he teaches child development and early childhood classes to undergraduate and graduate students. He is an experienced teacher and was a principal in the public schools.


Dr. Morrison's accomplishments include both a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Outstanding Service and Teaching Awards from Florida International University. His books include Early Childhood Education Today, Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education and Teaching in America. Dr. Morrison has also written books about the education and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; child development; the contemporary curriculum; and parent/family/community involvement.


Dr. Morrison is a popular author, speaker, and presenter. He is senior contributing editor for the Public School Montessorian. His research and presentations focus on the globalization of early childhood education, the influence of contemporary educational reforms on reeducation, and the application of best practices to early childhood education. Dr. Morrison also lectures and gives keynote addrsss on topics of early childhood education in Thailand, Taiwan, China, South Korea, and the Phillipines. 

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: You and Early Childhood Education


Who is an Early Childhood Professional?

The Five Goals of Professionalism

Pathways to Professional Development

New Roles for Early Childhood Professionals

Activities for Professional Development

Chapter 2: Early Childhood Education Today

 Issues Influencing the Practice of Early Childhood Education

Politics and Early Childhood Education

Federal and State Involvement in Early Childhood Programs

New Directions in Early Childhood Education

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 3: Histories and Theories


The Importance of History of Early Childhood Education

The Importance of Theories of Learning

Famous People and Their Influence on Early Childhood Education

From Luther to Today: Basic Beliefs Essential for High Quality Early Childhood Programs

Learning Theories and Their Influence on Early Childhood

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 4: Implementing Early Childhood Programs


Growing Demand for Quality Early Childhood Programs 

Program Models

Federal Programs for Young Children

Early Childhood Programs and You

Chapter 5: Standards and You 


What Are National and State Standards for What Students Will Learn and Do?

Importance of National, State, and Local Standards

How Are Standards Changing Teaching and Learning?

What Are Issues Associated with National, State, and Local Standards?

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 6: Observing and Assessing Young Children


What is Assessment and Why is it an Important Professional Responsibility?

Why is it Important for You to Know How to Assess Children and Families? 
Using Observation to Assess

Types of Assessment

Assessment in Context

What Are the Issues in the Assessment of Young Children?

Activities for Professional Developmen


Chapter 7: Infants and Toddlers


What Are Infants and Toddlers Like?

How Do Infants and Toddlers Develop?

Motor Development

Cognitive Development

Language Development

Preparing Enriched Environments to Support Infant and Toddler Development

Curricula for Infants and Toddlers

Infant Mental Health

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 8: The Preschool Years

What is Preschool?

What Are Preschoolers Like?

Ready to Learn: Ready for School

Preschool and State Standards

The Preschool Curriculum

Play in Preschool Programs

Successful Transitions to Kindergarten

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 9: Kindergarten Today


The History of Kindergarten Education

What Are Kindergarten Children Like?

Who Attends Kindergarten?

Environments for Kindergarteners

Curriculum in the Kindergarten


Chapter 10: The Early Elementary Grades: 1-3


Teaching in Grades One to Three

What Are Children in Grades One to Three Like?

Environments That Support Learning in the Primary Grades

Curriculum in the Primary Grades

Portraits of Children

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 11: Grades 4-6



    Physical Development

    Gender Identity

    Motor Development

    Social Development

    Psychosocial Development

    Cognitive Development

    Moral Development


    Schools for Tweens

    State and National Standards

    Teaching Practices

    Classroom Physical Environment

    Creating an Educational Environment for Tweens


    Language Arts

    Social Studies



    Physical Education

    The Arts and Music



    Family Involvement Pays Dividends



    Ethical Dilemma

    Extension Activities

    Linking to Learning

    Glossary Terms for Chapter


Chapter 12: Educating Children with Diverse Backgrounds and Special Needs


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

Children with Disabilities

Teaching English Language Learners (ELLS)

Multicultural Education

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 13: Guiding Children’s Behavior


Why Guide Children’s Behavior?

Guiding Behavior in a Community of Learners

What is the Social Constructivist Approach to Guiding Behavior?

Twelve Steps for Guiding Behavior

Activities for Professional Development


Chapter 14: Parents, Families, and the Community

New Views of Parent/Family and Community Involvement

Changing Parents and Families: Changing Involvement

Types of Involvement

Activities for Involvement

The Challenge

Activities for Professional Development


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