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Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education 10th Edition

Ann Miles Gordon | Kathryn Williams Browne, MA, BA

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Blending simplicity and depth, BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND: FOUNDATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 10th Edition lays out basic questions any student of early childhood education would have -- and presents key concepts, the latest research, and practical examples to thoroughly answer the questions. Coverage of the current Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) is woven throughout, as is material on diversity and development, which enables readers to understand that issues of age, gender, race/ethnicity, ability, and family are part of every aspect of teaching and learning. Pedagogical features highlight intentional teaching and how brain-based research is connected to development.

Ann Miles Gordon,

Ann Gordon has been in the early childhood field for over 45 years as a teacher of young children, of parents, and of college students. She has taught in lab schools, church-related centers, and private and public preschool and kindergarten programs. While at Stanford, Ann was at the Bing Nursery School for 11 years and was a lecturer in the Psychology Department. For 10 years she also served as an adjunct faculty member in four colleges, teaching the full gamut of early childhood courses. Ann served as executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools for 14 years, where more than 1,100 early childhood programs were a part of her network. She is now consulting in the areas of early childhood curriculum governance and professional development.

Kathryn Williams Browne, MA, BA, Skyline College

Kathryn Williams Browne has been a teacher most of her adult life: a teacher of young children for nearly 20 years, a guide for parents of the families she served, and, more recently, a parent educator and an instructor of college students for more than 15 years. Her work with children includes nursery school, parent cooperatives, full-day child care, prekindergarten and bilingual preschools, and kindergarten and first grade. Kate's background in child development research led her to choose early childhood education. While a Head Teacher at Bing Nursery School and a lecturer with Stanford University, Kate developed a professional relationship with Ann Gordon that blossomed into work in teacher and parent education. Moreover, her role as a parent has influenced BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND: her two children were born during the first two editions, so the book grew along with them. Recent work as a consultant and public elementary school board trustee has offered Kate new perspectives on schools, reform, and collaboration. Working closely with her students while teaching in two community colleges over the last decade, she has gained constructive insights that inform this text in every revision.

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  • Curriculum chapters are based on development to show readers how activities can be based on children's physical, cognitive, language, and social developmental levels rather than on subjects or themes, thereby helping educators understand how to create developmentally appropriate curricula. All major areas and curricula are covered, making the text useful in a multitude of courses.
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  • A focus on the professional standards of the field includes chapter-opening lists of key NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation and sections of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Content that are related to upcoming content.
  • A "Brain-Research Says…" feature in every chapter emphasizes the connection between neuroscience and development, and is accompanied by reflection questions ideal for student assignments. Another feature, "Teaching with Intention," emphasizes the important theme of intentional teaching, and is also accompanied by reflection questions for homework or in-class discussion.
  • Pedagogy includes numbered, chapter-opening "Learning Objectives" tied to the chapter's main heads, which serve as an advance organizer for students; and "Observe and Apply" activities at the end of the chapter, which provide field observation suggestions and opportunities for application of concepts.
  • A specially designed section on Word Pictures (Chapter 3, "Defining the Young Child") showcases a unique and popular asset of this text. Providing a handy reference guide on common behaviors in six developmental areas for children of different age levels, this feature helps classroom teachers know what to expect and when to expect it, and thus helps them prescribe programs, plan activities, and appropriately create curricula.
  • Diversity coverage woven throughout the book -- including a "Diversity" feature in each chapter -- enables readers to recognize issues of gender, race/ethnicity, ability, language, and family patterns in every aspect of teaching.

Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education


1. History of Early Childhood Education.
2. Types of Programs.
3. Defining the Young Child.
4. Developmental and Learning Theories.
5. Teaching: A Professional Commitment.
6. Observation and Assessment of Children.
7. Guiding Children's Behavior.
8. Families and Teachers: Partners in Education.
9. Creating Environments.
10: Curriculum: Creating a Context for Learning.
11: Planning for the Body: Physical/Motor Development in Action.
12: Planning for the Mind: Cognitive Development in Action.
13: Planning for the Mind: Language and Literacy Development in Action.
14: Planning for the Heart and Soul: Psychosocial Development in Action.
15: Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education: Four Themes.

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