Early child education is at a crossroads today. Public awareness of the importance of educating young children has grown in recent years, applying greater pressure on educators to provide high-quality early childhood programs. Should the field move in the direction of an emphasis on academic learning and achievement, or on development and care? How can we meet the needs of so many diverse learners? Many approaches to instruction and learning are presented in this book. Teachers who hope to become leaders in the field have to keep up with the new directions in research and applications.
This comprehensive and unique text has been extensively revised in this edition to give strong coverage of the current trends and issues in the field of early childhood education. With contributions by 32 experts in the field, it addresses new developments in curricula, assessment strategies, and teaching methods. The aim of the text is to enhance the reader’s knowledge and skill set of early child education in order to meet the new needs and challenges that face the teaching profession.
NEW! Includes three new chapters (Chapters 7, 8, and 10) on early prevention initiatives, early development and education programs in public school, and Tools of the Mind: Vygotskyian Approach to Early Childhood Education ?grounded in theory, these chapters reflect the most current trends in early child education and give clear examples of how different practices can be applied when working with young children.
Part I Introduction
1. History of Early childhood Education in Multicultural Perspective by Blythe F. Hinitz, The College of New Jersey
2. The Program for Infant Toddler Care by J. Ronald Lally and Peter L. Mangione, West Ed., San Francisco, California
3. The Head Start Program by Douglas R. Powell, Purdue University
4. The Portage Model: An International Home Approach to Early Intervention of Young Children and Their Families by David E. Shearer, The International Portage Association, Tampa Florida and Darlene L. Shearer, Lawton & Rhea Chiles Center for Healthy Mothers and Babies, University of South Florida
Part II Integral Dimensions
5. Including Everyone: A Model Preschool Program for Children With and Without Disabilities by Ellen Barnes, Jowonio School, Syracuse, New York and David Smukler, The State University of New York College at Cortland
6. A Framework for Culturally Relevant Multicultural, and Antibias Education in the Twenty-First Century by Louise Derman-Sparks, Pacific Oaks College and Patricia G. Ramsey, Mount Holyoke College
7. Early Prevention Initiatives by Karen L. Bierman, Celene Domitrovich, and Harriet Darling, The Pennsylvania State University
8. Early Development and Education Programs in Public School by James E. Johnson and Jennifer Chestnut, The Pennsylvania State University
Part III Specific Approaches/USA
9. The High/Scope Model of Early Childhood Education by David P. Weikart (deceased) and Lawrence J. Schweinhart, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, Michigan
10. Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education by Elena Bodrava, Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, and Deborah J. Leong, Metro State College
11. From Spectrum to Bridging: Approaches to Integrating Assessment with Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Classrooms by Jie-Qi Chen and Gillian McNamee, Erikson Institute, Chicago
12. The Developmental-Interaction Approach at Bank Street College of Education by Harriet K. Cuffaro and Nancy Nager, Bank Street College of Education, New York
13. The Project Approach: An Overview by Lillian G. Katz, University of Illinois, and Sylvia C. Chard, University of Alberta, Canada
Part IV Specific Approaches/European
14. The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Care and Education: Creating Contexts for Discussion by Rebecca S. New, Tufts University, and Rebecca Kantor, The Ohio State University
15. The Waldorf Approach to Early Childhood Education by Christy L. Husek, Fairbrook First Steps Christian Preschool, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pennsylvania, and James E. Johnson, The Pennsylvania State University
16. Montessori Education Today by Martha Torrence, Cambridge, Massachusetts and John Chattin-McNichols, Seattle University
17. The Pyramid Method by Jef J. van Kuyk, Citogroep, Arnhem, The Netherlands