Teaching Young Children: An Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession

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Cengage Learning, 2004 - Education - 455 pages
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Teaching Young Children: An Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession, 2E prepares early childhood educators to make a difference in the lives of children and families through early, high quality care and education programs that maintain a developmentally appropriate persepctive. By focusing on the dimensions of quality in early childhood programs and the principles that define developmentally appropriate practices, the text motivates early childhood professionals to rely on current knowledge of child growth, development, and learning when making decisions about their practices, to view families and communities as integral parts of early childhood programs, and to prepare environments especially suited to infants and young children.
 

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Contents

PART
1
ROOTS OF CONTEMPORARY EARLY CHILDHOOD
35
The First Kindergarten
43
Progressive Education Movement
49
The Beginnings of Child Care in the United States
57
PART TWO INFORMATION THAT INFORMS PRACTICE
73
Summary
123
BASING QUALITY PRACTICES ON ASSESSMENT
129
CREATING CURRICULUM
249
GUIDING YOUNG CHILDREN
295
Social Competence
307
CREATING COMMUNITIES OF LEARNERS
333
PART FOUR EARLY CHILDHOOD CAREERS IN
357
Challenges Confronting Early Childhood Professionals
375
Epilogue
388
APPENDIXES
391

BASING QUALITY PRACTICES ON KNOWLEDGE
167
Collaborating with Families
178
PART THREE BEST PRACTICES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN
201
Revisiting Cheryls Classroom
242
GLOSSARY
419
REFERENCES
425
NAME INDEX
443
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Deborah Diffily is an assistant professor of Early Childhood Education at Southern Methodist University. As a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher, Deborah shares both theory and personal experiences in presentations, articles, and books. Her primary areas of interest are supporting children's development in reading, writing, and science; project-based learning; and working with families.

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