Approaches to Early Childhood Education / Edition 5

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Roopnarine and Johnson’s comprehensive and authoritative volume is the best preparation tool on the market for preparing future early childhood educators—tomorrow’s leaders in the field—with the knowledge necessary to meet the ever-changing needs and challenges of teaching in today’s world.

Divided into four parts, its chapters are written by over 32 experts in the field. These key authors do an impressive job of covering a variety of approaches to teaching, the major early child education curricula, and the history of the program’s development—giving a solid background to the historical foundations as well as the philosophy and theory behind the applications described.

With the strongest coverage given to the most current trends and issues in the field of early childhood education, the sixth edition has been thoroughly revised and expanded, including new chapters on the Creative Curriculum and assessment, and a greater focus on promoting multicultural competence.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780135126288
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 9/29/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 853,884
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jaipaul L. Roopnarine, co-editor on this edition, is Jack Reilly Professor of Child and Family Studies and Director of the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education at Syracuse University. He was trained as a child development specialist and has conducted research on families and children in several countries around the world. A Fulbright Scholar to the University of West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago, an Indo-US Submission Scholar at the University of Delhi, he is the author or co-author of several books, chapters, and journal articles on parent-child relationships and early childhood education across cultures.

James E. Johnson, co-editor on this edition, is Professor-in-Charge of Early Childhood Education at The Pennsylvania State University-University Park. Trained as a Life-Span Development Psychologist, as a postdoctoral fellow with Irving Sigel at Educational Testing Service in Princeton he worked on developing Sigel’s Educating the Young Thinker model of Early Childhood Education curriculum and teaching. He is author or co-author of several books and many chapters and articles on the role of play in early development and education. A former Fulbright senior research scholar, and past-president of The Association for the Study of Play, he currently serves as a series editor for Play & Culture Studies and is co-editor in chief of a forthcoming two-volume Handbook of The Study of Play.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1: History of Early Childhood Education in Multicultural Perspective

Blyth F. Hinitz, College of New Jersey

Chapter 2: The Program for Infant/Toddler Care

J. Ronald Lally and Peter L. Mangione,

WestEd, San Francisco, California

Chapter 3 The Head Start Program

Douglas R. Powell, Purdue University

Chapter 4 Home Visiting Programs

Barbara Hanna Wasik, Adrienne Villagomez, Sheena Berry, and Priya Mulholkar,

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Chapter 5 Including Everyone: A Model Preschool Program for Children with and Without Disabilities

David Smukler, State University of New York at Cortland

Ellen Barnes, Jowonio School, Syracuse, New York

Chapter 6 More Than the Sum of Its Parts: Creating Multicultural and Linguistically Responsive Early Childhood Classrooms

Aisha Ray and Luisiana Melendez. Erikson Institute

Chapter 7 Early Prevention Initiatives

Karen L. Bierman, Celene Domitrovich, and Harriet Darling,

The Pennsylvania State University

Chapter 8 Assessment for Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom,

Jie-Qi Chen and Gillian McNamee, Erikson Institute


Chapter 9 Creative Curriculum

Diane T. Dodge, Cate Heroman, and Kai-leé Berke, Teaching Strategies, Inc.

Chapter 10 The High/Scope Model of Early Childhood Education

Lawrence J. Schweinhart and David P. Weikart (deceased)

High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, Ypsilanti, Michigan

Chapter 11 Tools of the Mind: The Vygotskian Approach to Early Childhood Education

Elena Bodrova, Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning

Deborah J. Leong, Metro State College

Chapter 12 The Developmental–Interaction Approach at Bank Street College of Education

Harriet K. Cuffaro and Nancy Nager, Bank Street College of Education

Chapter 13 The Project Approach: An Overview

Lilian G. Katz, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Sylvia C. Chard, University of Alberta, Canada


Chapter 14 The Piramide Method

Jef J. van Kuyk, CITO Corporation, Arnhem, The Netherlands

Chapter 15 Reggio Emilia in the 21st Century: Enduring Commitments Amid New Challenges

Rebecca S. New, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Rebecca Kantor, University of Colorado-Denver

Chapter 16 Montessori Education Today

Martha Torrence, Cambridge Montessori School

John Chattin-McNichols, Seattle University

Chapter 17 The Waldorf Approach to Early Childhood Education

Christy L. Williams, Fairbrook First Steps Christian Preschool

James E. Johnson, The Pennsylvania State University

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