Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade / Edition 5

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The fifth edition of this widely accepted, versatile book shows future and current early childhood educators how to integrate children's creativity, play, and the arts into their curriculum in a way that fosters learning and growth and meets accountability measures.

· NEW Curriculum Accommodations for Diverse Learners (Chapters 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8)–Sections provide specific research-based suggestions for working with diverse learners.

· NEW Play and Arts Integration Charts–Provide suggestions for integrating play and each of the art forms across the curriculum by content area.

· NEW MyEducationLab Videos and Artifacts Integrated in Book– Accompanied by assignable questions, online video clips and classroom artifacts from this powerful resource illustrate key points in the text. Go to

· NEW National Standards Correlations–This appendix reference tool is cross-referenced by chapter, showing how and where the content meets national standards in the arts, the content areas, and in early childhood teacher education.

· Classroom Scenarios–Separated by grade level, these brief vignettes open each chapter, offering students a view into real classroom situations.

· Frequently Asked Questions and Research-Based Answers–Each chapter contains 3 to 5 FAQs with answers, allowing students to use these responses to build a repertoire of authoritative responses to questions that noneducators and other educators often ask.

· Teacher Reflections and Scenarios on Chapter Content–These authentic examples and candid remarks, followed by questions to stimulate thinking, give readers a sense of real teaching issues and provide a common base for discussion.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780136039785
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 2/16/2009
  • Series: MyEducationLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D.

Mary Renck Jalongo is a teacher, writer and editor. As a classroom teacher, she taught preschool, first grade and second grade, worked with children and families of migrant farm workers, and taught in the laboratory preschool at the University of Toledo. Currently she is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned the university-wide outstanding professor award and coordinates both the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction and an initial teacher certification program at the graduate level.

As a writer, Dr. Jalongo has co-authored and edited more than 25 books, many of them textbooks in the field of early childhood education. These books include Early Childhood Language Arts (4th ed. Allyn & Bacon) and Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning (4th ed. Merrill/Prentice Hall), Exploring Your Role: An Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3rd ed., Merrill/Prentice Hall) and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education: Challenges, Controversies, and Insights (2nd ed. Teachers College Press). She is also the author for various articles on early childhood education in the World Book Encyclopedia and has written two award-winning Association for Childhood Education International Position Papers.

Her most recent publications include two National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) books, Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn and Young Children and Picture Books as well as a Teachers College Press book, Planning for Learning: Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review and an edited book for ACEI, The World’s Children and Their Companion Animals: Developmental and Educational Significance of the Child/Pet Bond. Mary has earned seven national awards for excellence in scholarly writing.

Mary is editor-in-chief of the Springer international publication, Early Childhood Education Journal and co-edits their new book series, Educating the Young Child: Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Foundations of Creative Thought

Chapter 1 Understanding Children’s Creative Thought and Expression

Chapter 2 Supporting Children’s Play, Games, and Inventions

Chapter 3 Fostering Creative Thought and Expression

Part 2 The Creative Arts

Chapter 4 Promoting Children’s Art

Chapter 5 Engaging Children in Music, Movement, and Dance

Chapter 6 Inviting Children’s Participation in the Dramatic Arts

Part 3 Creative Teaching and Assessment

Chapter 7 Designing Environments to Support Creativity and the Arts

Chapter 8 Using Creative Materials and Resources Effectively

Chapter 9 Assessing the Creative Processes and Products of Children

Chapter 10 Children's Creative Work in Diverse Families and Communities

Appendix A Cross-Referenced Standards Guide

Appendix B Published Rating Scales to Evaluate Preschool Settings

Appendix C Noncompetitive Games for Children

Appendix D Case Study: Dittos and Elegant Costumes

Appendix E: Resources for Creative Materials

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