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Overview

INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 7th Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. Grounded in constructivist theory but also covering other perspectives, the text focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary school children, and children with disabilities. The majority of the text examines curriculum and the fostering of creativity as well as physical, cognitive, language, and social development--every facet of early childhood education is examined and explained. This edition has been extensively revised and includes standards (both DAP and NAEYC) and accountability in the field of early childhood education, an expanded emphasis on working with children from diverse backgrounds, the latest brain-based research, and discussions of the role of families and forms of parent communication. With a strong emphasis on defining the components of high-quality early childhood programs, along with completely updated references, examples from practitioners, and new video offerings, this book is the most comprehensive resource available. Available with InfoTrac® Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.

Eva L. Essa, University of Nevada

Eva L. Essa, Ph.D., recently retired as Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she taught early childhood education and human development for 41 years. Dr. Essa's research and writing on topics related to early childhood education have been published in a variety of professional journals and books.
  • A new feature, Brain Storm, appears in each chapter, providing information on some of the latest brain development research and discussing how and why this research is relevant to early childhood education practitioners.
  • Integration with the new NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation Programs includes chapter-opening listings of the standards to be considered in the chapter. Marginal icons throughout each chapter alert readers to the standards-related material. In addition, the book's inside covers present a convenient correlation chart indicating the chapters and page numbers where each NAEYC Standard is addressed.
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  • Each chapter now includes introductions and questions related to one or two TeachSource Videos from the Cengage Early Childhood Education Media Library. These brief videos (each lasting from two to eight minutes) make many of the concepts discussed in the text come alive by showing real children and real professionals "in action."
  • Updated throughout, the new edition includes extensive information about recent developments in the field, such as the PK-3 movement (Chapter 5), tools of the mind (Chapter 11), the new MyPlate nutrition program (Chapter 14), emotional intelligence (Chapter 13), and bullying (Chapter 16).
  • A strong focus on diversity includes coverage of diversity in culture, family life, language, ability, and gender. Future early childhood professionals develop a respectful understanding of both commonalities and differences among individuals and families, preparing them to work effectively and sensitively with children and families from varied backgrounds. A special marginal icon highlights coverage of diversity in all of its forms.
  • Maintaining its strong focus on preschool-aged children, the text includes sections applicable to infants and toddlers, school-aged children, and children with disabilities.
  • Tied to children's development, the book includes content that is applicable to children of different ages and abilities as well as to different settings.
  • Working with families is an important theme of the text; special sections on this topic are found in most chapters.
  • "Stories from the Field" offer interesting first-person accounts of educators' experiences, and "Take a Closer Look" boxes examine special topics in more depth.
  • Continuing linkage to Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) includes clear explanations of the central concepts in the field of early childhood education as well as marginal icons identifying DAP-related content in each chapter.
Contents.
Preface.
Part I: THE WHAT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
1. The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education.
Part II: THE WHO OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
2. The Children.
3. The Families.
4. The Teachers/Caregivers.
Part III: THE WHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
5. Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education.
6. Accountability, Standards, and Assessment.
Part IV: THE WHERE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION.
7. The Physical Environment.
Part V: THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION--CURRICULUM.
8. Scheduling and Curriculum Planning.
9. Creative Development through the Curriculum.
10. Physical Development through the Curriculum.
11. Cognitive Development through the Curriculum.
12. Language Development through the Curriculum.
13. Social Development through the Curriculum.
Part VI: THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION--GUIDANCE.
14. Guiding Routines and Group Activities.
15. Guiding Social Behaviors.
16. Helping Children Cope with Stress.
Appendix.
Glossary.
References.

" [This is a] comprehensive overview, great for an introductory class in early childhood."