Teaching Young Children: An Introduction

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Merrill, 2002 - Education - 532 pages
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Appropriate for courses in Introduction to Early Childhood Education.

Exceptionally lively, practical, and reader-friendly, this introduction to early childhood education text is unique because of its focus on the value of play. Strong coverage of child development, as well as thoughtful discussions about guiding young children, working with families, and celebrating diversity will help teachers facilitate all aspects of the 0-to-8-year-old child's physical, social/emotional, and intellectual growth. The text also includes an overview and concise history of the field, information on professional development, and clear explanations of theoretical foundations for early childhood education. Chapters on curriculum in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and the creative arts show teachers how to link theory to classroom practice, making this comprehensive and engaging textbook particularly useful.

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Historical Figures Influencing Early Childhood Education
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About the author (2002)

Michael Henniger is professor of early childhood education at Western Washington University, where he currently serves as Associate Dean of the Woodring College of Education. Prior to this and other administrative assignments, he taught early childhood education courses at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Central Washington University, Northern Illinois University, and Western Washington University for a total of 22 years. University teaching interests include preschool and primary curriculum, play, learning environments, and family/community involvement in education. While completing his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Henniger taught preschool children in the university lab school. His public school experiences were in rural Alaska, where he taught first and second grades and high school mathematics. In addition to numerous articles and presentations on play, playgrounds, parent/community involvement, and technology for young children, Dr. Henniger has authored/co-authored the following books: "Working with Parents of Handicapped Children" (with Elizabeth Nesselroad);" American Education (7th Edition) "(with John Johansen and James Johnson); "The Teaching Experience: An Introduction to Reflective Practice";and "Teaching Young Children: An Introduction (4th Edition)." Dr. Henniger's professional and research interests include promoting the importance of indoor and outdoor play experiences for young children, multicultural toys and games, the role of technology in the lives of young children, and family/community involvement strategies. Recent research opportunities have led to a deeper knowledge of integrating curriculum through project learning, curriculum options for infants and toddlers, and health and fitness issues for young children and their families.

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