Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia

Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia

by Rebecca S. New
     
 

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Early childhood education has reached a level of unprecedented national and international focus. Parents, policy makers, and politicians have opinions as well as new questions about what, how, when, and where young children should learn. Teachers and program administrators now find curriculum discussions linked to dramatic new understandings about children's early

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Early childhood education has reached a level of unprecedented national and international focus. Parents, policy makers, and politicians have opinions as well as new questions about what, how, when, and where young children should learn. Teachers and program administrators now find curriculum discussions linked to dramatic new understandings about children's early learning and brain development. Early childhood education is also a major topic of concern internationally, as social policy analysts point to its role in a nation's future economic outlook. As a groundbreaking contribution to its field, this four-volume handbook discusses key historical and contemporary issues, research, theoretical perspectives, national policies, and practices.

A wealth of information provides the user with up-to-date expert entries on a plethora of topics. Over three hundred entries in volumes 1, 2, and 3 cover such topics as:

  • accountability
  • assessment
  • biculturalism
  • bullying
  • child abuse
  • early intervention
  • ethnicity
  • Head Start
  • IDEA
  • No Child Left Behind
  • Zero to three

Volume IV covers the international structure and policies of early childhood education outside of the U.S. via narrative chapters on industrialized and developing nations. Alphabetically arranged entries review selected topics in more detail. Cross-references and further readings provide a research base for diverse users. Countries covered include Australia, Brazil, China, France, Italy, Japan, South Africa, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

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This title fills a long-standing gap in major reference works devoted solely to early childhood education, the last being Garland's Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Education(1992). Aiming this work at students, policy analysts, and general readers, editors New (Tufts Univ.) and Cochran (Cornell) have assembled more than 300 international contributors to produce an encyclopedia of both breadth and depth. The first three volumes contain over 300 A-to-Z entries on early childhood development and education in the United States that cover major historical and contemporary issues, current research, and a variety of theoretical and policy perspectives. All the entries are cross-referenced and conclude with a list of works cited as well as recommended readings. In addition, the entries are tied together in the "Guide to Related Topics" section, which groups them under such subjects as "Child Care," "Curriculum and Pedagogy," "Health and Special Needs," "Family and Society," and "Social Policies." Volume 4 contains 100-plus entries on the structure and policies of early childhood education in ten countries covering all inhabited continents outside North America. The countries were selected to showcase early childhood education in a wide range of societies: stable (e.g., France, Italy), rapidly changing (e.g., Brazil, China, Czech Republic), free-market oriented (e.g., Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom), or heavily government-invested (e.g., Sweden).
—Nadine Cohen Baker

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313331015
Publisher:
Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Pages:
344

Meet the Author

REBECCA S. NEW is Associate Professor of Child Development and Director of Teacher Education, Eliot-Pearson Dept. of Child Development, Tufts University. She has published widely in professional journals and for Teachers College Press and Jossey-Bass.

MONCRIEFF COCHRAN is Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Director, the Cornell Early Childhood Program, Cornell University. He has published textbooks, monographs and edited volumes with Houghton Mifflin, Cambridge University Press, Elsevier, Teachers College Press, Erlbaum, and Greenwood.

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