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Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education 6th Edition

Carol Gestwicki

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  • Previous Editions 2014, 2011, 2007
  • 496 Pages
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Thoughtful and comprehensive, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE: CURRICULUM AND DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY EDUCATION, 6th Edition, is designed to meet the needs of new early childhood students as well as experienced teachers, professionals, and parents. It provides an overview of the concepts and theoretical foundations of appropriate practices in every developmental domain and discusses the practical implications for teachers and caregivers. The text reflects the NAEYC position statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice and includes content on aligning early childhood teaching practices with national and state education standards, in addition to many student-oriented features and applications. Among other changes, this edition includes new integration of professional standards, model letters for communicating with families, real-world scenarios for practicing intentional decision-making, and the latest on brain research relevant to early education. The text covers the most widely used and regarded curriculum models, including Reggio Emilia, Montessori, High Scope, Creative Curriculum, Bank Street, and Waldorf.

Carol Gestwicki, Central Piedmont College

Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the early childhood education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with families. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia (South West Africa). She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of the NAEYC for many years, including making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. She has been a Fellow in the Early Childhood Leadership Development Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has been associated with the T.E.A.C.H. Model/Mentor program. Her other publications include more than two dozen articles about child development and family issues and scripts and design for 14 audiovisual instructional programs. She has three other books on topics in early education published by Delmar Learning: Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, Fifth edition (2013); Essentials of Early Education (1997); and Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom (2002). Currently, she writes a regular column titled “Grandma Says” for Growing Child.
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  • *NEW* "Family Communication" feature in each chapter presents a letter that may be used to communicate with families about specific classroom topics. Students may download the model letters, adapt them to fit their situation, and use them in the field. Topics include explaining curriculum choices, the importance of the outdoors, dealing with "No," and encouraging families to read to their babies.
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  • *NEW* Coverage of up-to-date brain research offers insights relevant to early childhood education. These discussions appear throughout the primary narrative and in new "Notes from Neuroscience" features, highlighted by a brain icon.
  • *NEW* Integration of professional standards helps students make connections between what they are learning in the textbook and the standards. A list of standards covered appears at the beginning of each chapter. A complete list of the standards, including NAEYC, appears in the standards correlation charts on the book's inside covers.
  • Extensive end-of-chapter resources include chapter summaries, "Think About It" activities, and "Apply Your Knowledge: Case Study" questions.
  • An emphasis on best practices promotes professional development and action.
  • "Becoming a Reflective Practitioner" features encourage students to think about their own experiences and connect those experiences to their future practice as teachers.
  • The "Advice from Master Teachers" feature highlights practical tips and techniques that teachers can use starting on their first day of class.
  • A "Diversity Considerations" feature illustrates specific child rearing and caregiving practices that may vary across cultures and ethnicities, such as using infant floor play, fostering independence in young children, and interacting with teachers. In addition, references to teacher practices related to diversity are highlighted throughout.
  • The text reflects the most recent position statements and standards, with frequent references to NAEYC and other professional standards. NAEYC standards are also listed on the endsheets.
1. Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
2. Understanding Play: Its Importance in Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
3. Planning for Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum.
4. A Consideration of Various Curriculum Models.
5. Developmentally Appropriate Physical Environments: For Infants.
6. Developmentally Appropriate Physical Environments: For Toddlers.
7. Developmentally Appropriate Physical Environments: For Preschoolers.
8. Developmentally Appropriate Physical Environments: For Primary-Age Children.
9. Developmentally Appropriate Social/Emotional Environments: For Infants.
10. Developmentally Appropriate Social/Emotional Environments: For Toddlers.
11. Developmentally Appropriate Social/Emotional Environments: For Preschoolers.
12. Developmentally Appropriate Social/Emotional Environments: For Primary-Age Children.
13. Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments: For Infants.
14. Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments: For Toddlers.
15. Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments: For Preschoolers.
16. Developmentally Appropriate Learning Environments: For Primary-Age Children.
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