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INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 6/E, provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. Grounded in constructivist theory but also covering other perspectives, the book focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary schoolchildren, and children with disabilities. The majority of the book examines curriculum and the fostering of creativity, as well as physical, cognitive, language, and social development--and every facet of early childhood education is examined and explained. This edition also has been extensively revised and includes new standards and accountability in the field of early childhood education, a new emphasis on working with children from diverse backgrounds, and discussions of the role of families and forms of parent communication. A strong emphasis on DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) along with completely updated references and examples from practitioners make this book one of the most comprehensive resources available.
Table of Contents
The What Of Early Childhood Education
The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education
The Who Of Early Childhood Education
The Why Of Early Childhood Education
Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education
Accountability, Standards, and Assessment
The Where Of Early Childhood Education
The Physical Environment
The How Of Early Childhood Education--Curriculum
Scheduling and Curriculum
Creative Development through the Curriculum
Physical Development through the Curriculum
Cognitive Development through the Curriculum
Language Development through the Curriculum
Social Development through the Curriculum
The How Of Early Childhood Education--Guidance
Guiding Routines and Group Activities
Guiding Social Behaviors
Helping Children Cope with Stress
Pulling It All Together: An Early Childhood Classroom Observation
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