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Positive Child Guidance, 6th Edition

  • Darla Ferris Miller North Harris Community College, Houston, Texas
  • ISBN-10: 143541859X  |  ISBN-13: 9781435418592
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2004, 2000
  • © 2010 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available



POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE, 6th Edition, equips teachers to guide, manage, and cope with the behavior of children. The book provides educators with insight into children’s efforts to understand their own emerging needs and feelings while coping with adult expectations. This text is laden with poignant and humorous anecdotes from adults who work with children. Open-ended solutions encourage students to engage in higher levels of thinking, analyzing, and synthesizing materials covered in the text. Numerous revisions make this sixth edition of POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE more developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and academically sound. This revised text addresses how the cultural differences of children, parents, and early childhood educators affect day-to-day guidance. Miller includes practical, workable steps for creating a cooperative, respectful community of children and adults with special emphasis on sensitivity to cultural and gender-based needs and differences. POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE outlines workable methods for preventing or redirecting inappropriate behaviors and helping children grow up to be useful citizens in a democratic social structure.

Features and Benefits

  • Coverage on included children features guidance techniques for the inclusive classroom.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction.
2. Understanding Children’s Behavior.
3. Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Families.
4. Understanding the Reasons for Problem Behavior.
5. Guidelines for Effective Guidance.
6. Planning the Developmentally Appropriate Prosocial Environment.
7. Positive Communication.
8. Nonverbal Cues and Appropriate Consequences.
9. Misguided Behaviors and Mistaken Goals.
10. Taking a New Look at Children.
11. Historical Perspectives and Guidance Theories.
12. Understanding Children with Disabilities.
Key Terms.
Points to Remember.
Practical Application.
Discussion Questions.
Student Activity.
Appendix A: Children’s Books Addressing Values and Feelings.
Appendix B: Resources for Responding to Special Needs and Interests.
Appendix C: Uncommon Disabling Conditions.
Appendix D: IEP Forms.

What's New

  • Expanded content on culture includes a feature in each chapter that addresses the cultural implications of guidance strategies/techniques, as well as discussion of additional cultures and their specific styles, beliefs, expectations, and ideas about guidance.
  • Updated references include listings of resources, readings, professional groups, self-help organizations, web sites, and bilingual children’s books.
  • Expanded supplements package for students and instructors features an Online Companion with more case studies and updated web links as well as a new e-resource for instructors that includes an electronic version of the Instructor’s Manual plus PowerPoint® slides and the test bank on one CD-ROM.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 1435418611 | ISBN-13: 9781435418615)

The Instructor’s Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. The contents include chapter outlines and summaries, review questions, discussion questions/topics, activities, helpful websites, test bank and additional resources.

eResources  (ISBN-10: 143541862X | ISBN-13: 9781435418622)

This one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides by Darla Miller. In addition to a full Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, PowerLecture also includes ExamView® testing software with all the items from the printed Test Bank in electronic format, enabling you to create customized tests in print or online.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Darla Ferris Miller

Darla Ferris Miller holds a doctorate in early childhood education, Texas and Mississippi teaching credentials, and the American Montessori Society Early Childhood, Infant, and Toddler Certification. She was a vice president, a division chair, and a professor at North Harris College. Dr. Miller has also served in a wide range of roles within the field of child care and development. She has been a caregiver, early childhood teacher, center director, teacher trainer, and consultant, and has worked with children from infancy to middle school.