ISBN-10:
1544338759
ISBN-13:
9781544338750
Pub. Date:
02/21/2019
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Introduction to Early Childhood Education / Edition 8

Introduction to Early Childhood Education / Edition 8

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Overview

Introduction to Early Childhood Education provides current and future educators with a highly readable, comprehensive overview of the field. The underlying philosophy of the book is that early childhood educators’ most important task is to provide a program that is sensitive to and supports the development of young children. Author Eva L. Essa and new co-author Melissa Burnham provide valuable insight by strategically dividing the book into six sections that answer the “What, Who, Why, Where, and How” of early childhood education. Utilizing both NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) and DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice) standards, this supportive text provides readers with the skills, theories, and best practices needed to succeed and thrive as early childhood educators.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544338750
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 02/21/2019
Edition description: Eighth Edition
Pages: 496
Sales rank: 908,118
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Eva Essa is a retired professor of Human Development and Family Studies. She taught child development and early childhood education classes for 41 years at the University of Nevada, Reno. For 16 of those years she also served as the director of the Child and Family Research Center, which shifted from being a small laboratory school to a full-time program for infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children of students, faculty, and staff during Dr. Essa’s years as director. Dr. Essa published several other books and numerous articles relevant to early childhood education. She has also been involved in a range of professional activities on campus, within the community, throughout the state, and nationally.

Dr. Melissa Burnham is the Associate Dean for the College of Education and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education. She has been a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno since the fall of 2001. Dr. Burnham's research interests focus on the examination of infant and child development in context. She has studied the impact of quality early care and education on child development and P-3 educational reform efforts, and has been involved in P-3 work at the local and state levels in Nevada since 2011. Dr. Burnham has worked on an initiative resulting in existing primary grade teachers obtaining licensure in Early Childhood Education, and in the creation of a new Educational Leadership principal preparation program in collaboration with a local school district. Thus, her work spans research, policy, and practice.

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Authors
PART I. THE WHAT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Chapter 1. The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education
Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Early Childhood Standards
The Growth of Early Childhood Education
What Is Included in Early Childhood Education?
Defining Quality in Early Childhood Programs
The Future of Early Childhood Education
Summary
PART II. THE WHO OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Chapter 2. The Children
Age-Related Commonalities Among Children
Factors That Influence Child Development
Children With Different Abilities
Working With Families of Young Children
Summary
Chapter 3. The Families
A Theoretical Perspective
The Changing American Family
The Needs of Families
Communicating With Families
Family Engagement
Summary
Chapter 4. The Teachers and Caregivers
The Early Childhood Teacher and Caregiver
Staffing in Early Childhood Programs
Training and Regulation in Early Childhood Education
Professionalism
Some Current Issues and Dilemmas
Family Support for the Early Childhood Profession
Summary
PART III. THE WHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Chapter 5. Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education
A Look Back—Children Through Time
Influential People in the History of Early Childhood Education
Influential Theorists’ Views of Child Development
Application of Theories in Early Childhood Education
Research Support for Early Childhood Education
Summary
Chapter 6. Accountability, Standards, and Assessment
Accountability: Program Standards and Assessment
Learning Standards for Young Children
Child Assessment: Informal Methods
Child Assessment: Formal Methods
Assessment Systems
Family Collaboration in Screening and Assessment
Summary
Chapter 7. Helping Children Cope With Stress
Defining Stress and Coping
Sources of Stress in Children’s Lives
Resilient Children
Techniques to Help Children Cope With Stress
Helping Families Cope With Stress
Summary
PART IV. THE WHERE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Chapter 8. The Physical Environment
Effects of the Physical Environment
Arranging the Indoor Environment
Arranging the Outdoor Environment
Adapting Environments for Different Ages and Abilities
Developmentally Appropriate Equipment
Developmentally Appropriate Materials
Technology and Interactive Media
Summary
PART V. THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION—CURRICULUM
Chapter 9. Scheduling and Curriculum Planning
Components of the Early Childhood Schedule
Guidelines for Program Scheduling
Types of Schedules
What Is Curriculum?
Theme-Based Curriculum
Emergent Curriculum
Family Involvement in the Curriculum
Summary
Chapter 10. Creative Development Through the Curriculum
What Is Creativity?
An Environment That Encourages Creativity
Art Theories and Philosophies
Art Activities
Music Activities
Supporting Creativity in Children of Different Ages and Abilities
Factors That Decrease Creativity
Family Values for Creativity
Summary
Chapter 11. Physical Development Through the Curriculum
A Developmental Framework for Motor Development
Components of Motor Development
Gross Motor Activities
Fine Motor Activities—Manipulatives
Caring for the Body
Supporting Physical Development in Children of Different Ages and Abilities
Family Values Related to Physical Development and Care
Summary
Chapter 12. Cognitive Development Through the Curriculum
Theoretical Foundations of Cognitive Development
Tools of the Mind
Cognitive Tasks
STEM
Supporting STEM Learning in Children of Different Ages and Abilities
Family Values for Cognitive Development
Summary
Chapter 13. Language Development Through the Curriculum
Theoretical Views of Language Development
Components of Language
English Language Learners
Language and the Early Childhood Curriculum
Supporting Language and Literacy Development in Children of Different Ages and Abilities
Family Values for Language and Literacy Development
Summary
Chapter 14. Social–Emotional Development Through the Curriculum
Theoretical Views of the Socialization Process
Emotional Intelligence
Development of Social Competence
Promoting Anti-Bias Attitudes
Activities That Promote Social Development
Supporting Social Development in Children of Different Ages and Abilities
Reflecting the Family’s Culture and Values
Summary
PART VI. THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION—GUIDANCE
Chapter 15. Guiding Routines and Group Activities
Guiding Routines for Individual Children
Guiding Routines for Groups of Children
Factors That Affect Group Behavior
Out-of-the-Ordinary or Unexpected Situations
Coordinating With Families About Routines
Summary
Chapter 16. Guiding Social Behaviors
What Behaviors Do Educators Expect of Young Children?
Philosophies of Guidance
Some Techniques of Guidance
What Is the Difference Between Normal and Problem Behavior?
Factors That Affect Children’s Behavior
Dealing With Specific Behavior Challenges
Working With Families to Solve Behavior Challenges
Summary
Pulling It All Together: An Early Childhood Classroom Observation
Appendix: Standards Correlation Matrix
Glossary
References
Index

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