Foundations and Best Practices in Early Childhood Education History, Theories, and Approaches to Learning

ISBN-10: 013119190X

ISBN-13: 9780131191907

Edition: 2007

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Description: This text differs from other models or approaches texts in its vivid descriptions of programs and settings and practical instructional applications. Foundational chapters on Early Childhood Education history, learning theories, and NAEYC's Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Code of Ethics give students an introduction to the field, while chapters discussing The Project Approach, Multiple Intelligences, Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Waldorf help students to understand distinctions and similarities among classroom learning approaches. Highly practical, realistic "Putting It Into Practice" features show students how to apply theory with young children in today's classrooms. This text includes themes of self-reflection and developing an identity as an early childhood teacher, using developmentally appropriate practices, and developing sections of a professional portfolio in each chapter. This is a core text for Introduction/Foundations in Early Childhood Education courses or Issues/Models of Early Childhood Education courses.

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Book details

List price: $53.33
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR
Publication date: 8/16/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Foundations
Introduction to the Field of Early Childhood Education
Your Role as a Teacher-Education Student
Roles of the Early Childhood Professional
Current Issues Facing Early Childhood Professionals
Beginning the Journey
Application Activities
Historical Overview: People and Beliefs That Shaped the Field
Historical Trends
Life in the 1600s: Harsh Traditions and New Ideas
Classroom View
Education in the 1700s: Romantic and Radical
Classroom View
Education in the 1800s: Kindergarten Is Born
Care or Education and the Separation of Early and Elementary Education
Moving Education Forward in the 1900s: Progressive and Developmental
Classroom View
The Rise of Child Study
The Progressive Era Dawns
Modern Movements and Trends
Today's Issues
Conclusions
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Constructivist Learning: Building Knowledge From Within
Classroom View
What Is Constructivism All About? The Big Picture
Here and Now: Contemporary Constructivist Beliefs
Piaget's Contributions to Constructivism
Vygotsky's Contributions to Constructivism
Beyond Piaget: Social Learning, Language, and Culture
Criticisms and Challenges of Translating Theory Into Practice
Strategies for Applying Constructivist Theory to Early Childhood Education
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Multiple Intelligences Theory: Applications in the Early Childhood Classroom
Classroom View
Overview of Gardner's Work
Intelligence and Creative Thinking
Defining Intelligence
The Eight Multiple Intelligences: Many Kinds of Smart
Self-Reflection: Developing Our Intrapersonal Strength
Rethinking Education: A New Vision of Active Learning
Roles of the Teacher
Assessment
Applying Multiple Intelligences in Early Childhood Education: Personalization and Diversity
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
National Association for the Education of Young Children: Defining Best Practices
Classroom View
NAEYC at Work
Foundation and Scope of NAEYC
The DAP Framework: Theory and Practice
The Code of Ethical Conduct: History and Principles
Meaningful Applications: Using DAP and the Code
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Models and Approaches
Early Intervention: Empowering Change From Within (Head Start and Early Head Start)
Classroom View
Historical Perspective: The Start of Early Intervention
The Need for Social Renewal: Defining Characteristics
Head Start Program Standards
Does It Work? Evidence of Effectiveness
Current Trends and Implications
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
The High/Scope Foundation: Planning, Implementing, and Reviewing Best Practices
Classroom View
Overview of High/Scope
Educational Programming
Teacher Roles
Assessment
Inclusion and Cultural Responsiveness
Research
Considerations and Applications
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
The Project Approach: Active Inquiry in Early Childhood
Classroom View
Overview of the Project Approach
Explanation of the Parts and Process: How It All Fits Together
Applications With Young Children
How Project Work Fits Into Current Beliefs About Good Practice
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
The Schools of Reggio Emilia: A Child's World
Overview of the Reggio Emilia Philosophy
Classroom View
The Schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy: History, Influences, and Relationships
Challenges to Reggio-Inspired Practice in America: Lost in the Translation?
Inspired Applications: How Some American Educators Are Making the Leap
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Montessori Education: Environment, Materials, and Methods
Classroom View
Who Was Maria Montessori? Auspicious Beginning and Lasting Legacy
Basic Principles of the Montessori Method
Teachers' Roles and Functions
Montessori Materials and Activities
Reflections, Controversies, and Accolades
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Waldorf Education: Harmony and the Whole Child
Classroom View
The History and Philosophy of Waldorf Education
View of Child Development
Waldorf Early Childhood Programs
Early Childhood Teachers' Roles
Curriculum
Diversity and Inclusion in Waldorf Education
Contemporary Issues: Criticism of Waldorf Education
Conclusion
Reflection Questions: Looking Back and Looking Ahead
Summary
Application Activities
Beginning the Journey
Bringing It All Together: Imagining and Becoming
Guiding Principles for the Future: Respect, Enthusiasm, Commitment
Culminating the Text and Creating Your Portfolio
Application Activities
NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Historical Time Line Chart
Key Contributors Chart
Guiding Principles Chart
References
Index
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