Introduction to Early Childhood Education

Introduction to Early Childhood Education : A Developmental Perspective

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Covers Birth to Age 8. This new, concise introductory text helps pre-service teachers to first understand the basics of developmental domains and then understand how to engage in intentional, developmentally appropriate interactions with young children, create environments for them, and implement curricular practices that will help them to learn and thrive. Taking a developmental approach, this first edition text with integrated technology explores both time-honored theories of early childhood development and current models and modern research in the field. Part One of the text discusses the career options of early childhood professionals, the history of the field, and theories of childhood development. Part Two discusses how teachers support children's emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. The final section of the book explains how to use assessment and guidance to support children and how to implement developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom.show more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 200 x 256 x 15mm | 639.56g
  • Pearson Education (US)
  • Merrill
  • Upper Saddle River, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0131139320
  • 9780131139329

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Emphasizes Developmental Understanding and Intentionality in TeachingMarion's text explores the domains of child development in Chapters 4 through 7 and relates this knowledge to developmentally appropriate teaching for children from birth through the primary grades. This book takes evidence of what research tells us about developing children and shows how teacher dispositions and appropriate practices appear in the classroom. The text also helps students recognize appropriate intentional teaching practices in text examples and in Teach Intentionally features. For examples, see pages 73, 97, 222, and 292.Provides Real Examples and Vignettes to Help Students Engage and Relate. As in Marion's popular guidance textbook, opening vignettes and many classroom examples are woven through each chapter. Check Your Understanding features ask students to analyze vignettes or review material they've just read. For examples, see pages 72, 94, 210, and 299. Aligns with NAEYC Standards. At the beginning of each chapter are Guiding Questions based on NAEYC's licensure standards that ensure students have a complete orientation to the field. Weaves Diversity Throughout. To reflect the contemporary nature of inclusive education, this text includes content about children with special needs and about other types of diversity in nearly every chapter. For examples, see pages 61, 132, 156, and 172.show more

About Marian Marion

Marian Marion is a professor of early childhood education at Governors State University in Illinois. She is the author of two other textbooks: the widely used Guidance of Young Children (Merrill/Pearson, 2006), and Using Observation in Early Childhood Education (Merrill/Pearson, 2006).show more

Table of contents

PART I: A Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education 1: Early Childhood Professionals: Committed to the Whole Child 2: Foundations and Programs 3: Working with Diverse Families PART II: Understanding Development 4: Supporting Children's Emotional Development 5: Supporting Children's Social Development 6: Supporting Children's Cognitive Development 7: Supporting Children's Physical Development PART III: Using the Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education 8: Using Assessment to Support Children and Families 9: Supporting Children with Guidance 10: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum 11: Early Childhood Environments 12: Early Childhood Teachers: Lifelong Learners Appendix: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct References Author Index Subject Indexshow more