Beginnings and beyond: foundations in early childhood education
Upon completion of study with Beginnings & Beyond, students will have an in-depth understanding of the fundamentals of early childhood education -- from its history to present issues and future trends. They will appreciate the emphasis on multiculturalism and NAEYC's developmentally appropriate practice. This approach promotes a "both/and" viewpoint, maintaining that there is more than one correct way to care for and educate young children. The text focuses on this viewpoint in discussions of early literacy, spiritual development, discipline, diversity and anti-bias strategies and family relationships. Beginnings & Beyond also stresses the importance of maintaining an awareness of each child's needs and interests by featuring such concepts as multiple intelligence, ecological theory and NAEYC's Code of Ethical Conduct. The use of a variety of sidebars, chapter activities, integrated technology and other extras enhance the student's interest in and retention of the material.
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