Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners Approaches to Learning the the Early Childhood Classroom

ISBN-10: 0807748803

ISBN-13: 9780807748800

Edition: 2008

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Of all the school readiness domains, approaches to learning is perhaps the least understood but the most important. Research shows that positive approaches to learning improve both socialemotional and academic outcomes. This new resource will help early childhood professionals implement strategies to support young childrens positive approaches to learningtheir enthusiasm (interest, joy, and motivation to learn) and their engagement (attention, persistence, flexibility, self-regulation, and other essential learning behaviors). Along with extensive research, the text includes images of practice in early education programs in culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse settings. This book will help teachers, future teachers, and other early childhood stakeholders to understand how children acquire positive approaches to learning, know what research says about why approaches to learning are so important, recognize what supports and what undermines childrens enthusiasm and engagement in learning, identify and plan specific strategies for the classroom, use culturally sensitive assessments to plan interventions, select and modify curriculum and teaching practices, access resources to help every child enter school with positive approaches to learning, and influence educational policies and decision making
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Book details

List price: $27.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Teachers College Press, Teachers College, Columbia University
Publication date: 5/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.20" tall
Weight: 0.704
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
What We Know About Approaches to Learning
Why a Book on Approaches to Learning? Why Now?
Using This Book
Getting Started
Setting the Stage for Action: Four Questions to Consider
What Are Positive Approaches to Learning?
The Concept of Approaches to Learning-Some Historical Background
Comparing Approaches to Learning with Other Umbrella Terms
Steps Toward a Concept of Young Children's Approaches to Learning
Enthusiasm and Engagement: Two Primary Dimensions of Positive Approaches to Learning
Using This Framework
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Why Do Positive Approaches to Learning Matter?
Enthusiasm and Engagement Have Intrinsic Value
Enthusiasm and Engagement Form a Foundation
Why Would You Expect Academic and Social Benefits?
Looking Back and Looking Forward
How Do Children Develop Positive Approaches to Learning?
What Influences Children's Approaches to Learning? An Ecological Perspective
Individual Differences in Children's Characteristics
Approaches to Learning Grow Up: The Influence of Development
Family Influences
The Influence of School
Cultural Influences
Political and Policy Influences
Looking Back and Looking Forward
What Undermines Children's Positive Approaches to Learning?
Becoming Discouraged and Disengaged-The Downward Spiral
What May Contribute to Children's Negative Approaches to Learning?
Beyond Symptoms to Underlying Causes
Impact on the Most Vulnerable Children
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Transforming Risks into Opportunities: Evidence-Based Tools to Support Positive Approaches to Learning
Tools to Build Closer Relationships with All Children
Connections with Children
Community-Where Children Are Accepted, Acknowledged, and Appreciated
Critical Times When Relationships Can Make the Difference
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Tools to Find and Use More Effective Curriculum
Why Do We Care About Curriculum?
Analysis of Curriculum Models
Adaptations to Curriculum
Curriculum Targeted to Approaches to Learning
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Tools to Teach in Ways That Promote Positive Approaches to Learning
Effective Environments
Specific Teaching Practices
When More Intentional Strategies May Be Needed
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Tools to Assess Children's Approaches to Learning
Good Early Childhood Assessment: A Reminder of Basic Principles
Familiar Assessments Used in Some New Ways
Specialized Assessments of Approaches to Learning
A Plan to Use the Results
Reducing the Risks and Maximizing the Potential of Assessing Children's Approaches to Learning
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Tools That Tap the Power of Families
Relationships with Families
Approaches-to-Learning Conversations with Families
Practical Ideas to Share with Families
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Tools to Create Change
A Theory of Change and a Logic Model to Get There
Relevant, Persuasive Research
New Approaches to Professional Development
Effective Advocacy
Strategies to Implement Knowledge About Approaches to Learning
Looking Back and Looking Forward: Concluding Thoughts
Examples of Developmental Changes in Children's Approaches to Learning
Action Planning Form
References
Index
About the Author
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