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Positive Child Guidance 8th Edition

Darla Ferris Miller

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POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE, 8th Edition, is ideal for guidance, behavior management and discipline, and classroom management courses in an early childhood education curriculum. This practical resource offers workable steps for creating a cooperative, respectful community of children and adults with emphasis on sensitivity to cultural needs and differences and developmentally appropriate practice. Students learn practical, effective, and flexible guidance strategies based on principles of straightforward communication and assertiveness. This edition includes critical advances in research and addresses the cultural trends that are changing the way babies and children are cared for today.

Darla Ferris Miller, North Harris Community College, Houston, Texas

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.

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  • Practical Application Emphasis: Every chapter has at least one Practical Application Case study that demonstrates important concepts addressed in the chapter. Additionally, numerous examples designated throughout the text help students understand how they can apply their new competences in real-world situations.
  • Clarification of the Role of Behavior Modification in Positive Guidance: Extrinsic motivation--using tokens, prizes, and praise as reinforcement--can be effective in specific kinds of situations, but can seriously undermine intrinsic motivation if used incorrectly. The book provides guidelines for supporting intrinsic motivation and using extrinsic motivators wisely.
  • UPDATED Coverage on Moral Development: Early childhood programs can play an important role in the development of moral values that are essential for successful citizenship in a democracy. Positive guidance as presented in this book is based on caring for children respectfully and assertively--so as to develop their internal motivation to live healthfully, to respect others, and to be responsible for their actions.
  • UPDATED Marginal Key Terms and Definitions: To support student learning, key terms and their definitions appear in the text margins adjacent to boldface key terms where they first appear in the text. A list of the key terms appears at the end of each chapter and a comprehensive glossary appears at the end of the book.
  • UPDATED Quotations: Throughout the text, relevant quotes from well-known philosophers, educators, and writers illuminate the content and inspire students.
  • UPDATED Web-Based Resources: In every chapter, students will find recommended websites relevant to the topics being discussed.

Positive Child Guidance


1. Why Guidance Matters.
2. Historical Perspectives and Guidance Theories.
3. Understanding Children's Behavior.
4. How to Observe Children.
5. Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Families.
6. Understanding Children with Ability Differences.
7. Designing Developmentally Appropriate Environments Inside and Out.
8. Building Relationships through Positive Communication.
9. Fundamental Causes of Positive and Negative Behavior.
10. Effective Guidance Interventions.
11. Mistaken Goals, Motivation, and Mindfulness.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.


Instructor's Manual with Test Bank

ISBN: 9781305396548
An online Instructor’s Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint® Slides

ISBN: 9781305500488
These vibrant Microsoft PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

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ISBN: 9781305396562
Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.