Higher Education

A Guidance Approach for the Encouraging Classroom, 5th Edition

  • Dan Gartrell Bemidji State University, Bemidji, Minnesota
  • ISBN-10: 1428360964  |  ISBN-13: 9781428360969
  • 576 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2007
  • © 2011 | Published
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A GUIDANCE APPROACH FOR THE ENCOURAGING CLASSROOM, 5/E, is for students in two- and four-year early childhood programs as well as graduate courses. It easily can function as a primary text in classes that address group management, the learning environment, child guidance, child behavior, challenging behavior, conflict management, and peace education topics. The text addresses ages 3–8 years in three parts. Part 1 explores the foundation of guidance in early childhood education and covers key concepts such as conventional discipline versus guidance, mistaken behavior, the guidance tradition, and innovative theories about child development with guidance. Part 2 focuses on building and organizing an encouraging classroom, as well as providing key elements of an encouraging classroom, including daily schedule, routines, use of thematic instruction, importance of working with parents, and leadership communication. Part 3 addresses problem solving and challenging behavior in the encouraging classroom, including a practical illustration for how to use and teach conflict management and coverage of the "five-finger-formula." The book also covers nontraditional families as well as the effects of societal violence in the classroom. Throughout, this experience-based resource includes real-life anecdotes that allow professionals to make the shift from conventional classroom to developmentally appropriate guidance.

Features and Benefits

  • Emphasis on developmentally appropriate practice and its relationship to guidance for children ages 3–8 years supports the accepted approach to teaching and learning in early childhood education.
  • Each chapter concludes with a section on building and maintaining parent–teacher relationships, affirming the importance of positive relations with parents.
  • The text emphasizes specified outcomes in the use of guidance with individuals and with a group.
  • Readable and practical, the book maintains a balance between idealism and realism by including many anecdotes to help illustrate the guidance perspective.
  • Challenging behavior, an important term and topic in early childhood education, is fully defined and discussed.

Table of Contents

1. The Guidance Tradition.
2. Child Development and Guidance.
3. Mistaken Behavior: Understanding Childhood Aggression and Challenging Children.
4. Guidance in the Classroom.
5. Organizing the Encouraging Classroom.
6. Managing the Encouraging Classroom.
7. Leadership Communication with the Group.
8. Leadership Communication with the Individual.
9. Conflict Management.
10. Problem-Solving Mistaken Behavior.
11. Guidance through Intervention.
12. Liberation Teaching: A Guidance Response to Violence in Society.

What's New

  • Each chapter includes one of Dan Gartrell's "Guidance Matters" columns from NAEYC's YOUNG CHILDREN magazine. Concepts introduced in the column are extended in the chapter, helping to guide readers in the shift from conventional classroom discipline to guidance.
  • A stronger emphasis on historical and philosophical foundations of guidance and discipline with young children includes coverage of Alfred Adler's work and the foundation of trust and respect.
  • The fifth edition includes greater coverage of how culture affects interactions with children.
  • The new edition also provides coverage of guidance with boys.


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Instructor Supplements

eBank Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495808709 | ISBN-13: 9780495808701)

Streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation using such resources as chapter overviews, outlines, case studies, key concepts, guiding questions, recommended readings, a test bank, and additional resources.

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1428360972 | ISBN-13: 9781428360976)

The instructor area of the Book Companion Website at www.cengage.com/education/gartrell offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint® slides.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Dan Gartrell

Dan Gartrell (Ph.D., University of North Dakota) is Professor of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and Director of the Child Development Training Program at Bemidji State University in Minnesota. As a teacher, CDA trainer, and student teaching supervisor, Dr. Gartrell has been working with students in early childhood for more than 30 years. His articles have been published in Young Children and the Journal of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In addition, he has been a presenter at more than 200 workshops, training sessions, and keynote sessions on guidance in early childhood education in eight states, Germany, and Mexico.