Early Childhood Education: An Introduction is based on the belief that teachers of young children must be highly skilled-knowledgeable about children, their parents, and the community in which they live, as well as the processes of teaching curriculum content. The authors take a comprehensive, integrated approach, offering preservice teachers a complete and current overview of the field. Extensive revisions in each chapter of the Fourth Edition reflect not only current references, but also the most current thinking in the field of early childhood education today.
Offers preservice teachers an overview of the field, based on an open, integrated approach, theories of child development, and play as the integrator of the curriculum. In addition to theory, research, and practical aspects, the processes of education<-->those of working with parents and other staff, planning, and guiding children<-->are balanced with teaching strategies and methods of introducing curriculum content to children between the ages of three and eight. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
1. Introducing Early Childhood Education. 2. Child Growth and Development. 3. Individual Differences: The Effects of Diversity. 4. Relating with Parents and Other Adults in School and Community. 5. Planning. 6. Creating the Learning Environment. 7. Guiding Children's Behavior. 8. Play: The Integrator of the Curriculum. 9. The Language Arts. 10. Art. 11. Music. 12. Mathematics. 13. Science. 14. Nutrition, Safety, and Health. 15. Social Studies. Glossary. Name Index. Subject Index.