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Overview

The United States is at a pivotal crossroads in determining the educational experiences of children aged 3 through 8. To help educators set goals and design effective policies, early childhood experts Clifford and Crawford provide a concise history of early education and care in the United States and invite readers to consider early schooling in a global perspective. Distinguished scholars from five countries that value early education as an integral part of life-long learning-France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden-examine the evolution of early childhood practices in their countries. Beginning School provides invaluable insight and guidance as we move toward fully serving children and families in our schools.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807749326
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/29/2008
  • Series: Early Childhood Education Series
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Early Education in the United States: Converging Systems, Diverse Perspectives Gisele M. Crawford Richard M. Clifford Diane M. Early Stephanie S. Reszka 1

2 Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old in the United States Gisele M. Crawford Richard M. Clifford Diane M. Early Stephanie S. Reszka 13

3 French Primary Schools: History and Identity Veronique Francis 32

4 The German Educational System for Children from 3 to 10 Years Old Hans-Guenther Rossbach 53

5 3- to 8-Year-Old Children in Japan: The Education System in Society Reiko Uzuhashi 68

6 Drawing Threads Together: The Development of Early Education in New Zealand Michael Gaffney 83

7 Early Education in Sweden: Linking Preschool to School Inge Johansson 95

8 Learning from One Another Richard M. Clifford Gisele M. Crawford 111

About the Editors and the Contributors 137

Index 141

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