Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children / Edition 5

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This fifth edition of Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children provides teachers and teacher candidates with a comprehensive guide to establishing collaboration with parents and the larger community. This text will help future teachers develop the understanding and tools they need to work with others to give children a better education. The underlying message of this book is that all persons involved in early childhood education or child advocacy should join hands in promoting the highest quality of education for young children in America.

Features include:

  • Chapter Objectives, Summaries and Questions
  • Vignettes - real life stories/events that clarify the concepts throughout the chapters.
  • Reflections - these reflections ask the reader to pause and connect some particular content to their own life experiences.
  • Implications for Teachers - new feature that provides connections between the ideas in the text and real life application in classrooms and schools.
  • Bibliography of Children's Literature

New to This Edition:

The authors have added features and rearranged the topics to give this text better coherence and greater usability. Readers will find we have updated references and resources throughout but have streamlined the research citations to provide for smoother reading. We removed the chapter on school curriculum but included suitable parts of that in other chapters. We have renamed some chapters to reflect changes in content, and we have grouped References by each chapter.

  • New Figures and Tables throughout the chapters update data on demographics of American families and communities.
  • New vignettes and illustrations to help readers understand the uniqueness of family life and the diversity in our country.
  • "Implications for Teachers:..." featured in each chapter give readers practical suggestions for trying out the ideas in the real world.
  • The Special Needs area is addressed more intensely by showing readers how to work with families of children with disabilities.
  • Family Systems Theory is highlighted to show the importance of understanding total family functioning in addition to the differences of individuals.
  • Protecting children has a higher profile. Authors include more information on the growing problems and concerns about obesity, bullying, substance and sexual abuse and help readers fit these concerns into the role of education.
  • Media pluses and minuses are highlighted in our chapters so readers understand when the benefits of expanded media opportunities can shift to exploitation and abuse.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137035465
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 4/2/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Chandler Barbour, a retired professor of education, has spent over 40 years in elementary school

teaching, school administration, and university teaching. His strong interests in educational

partnerships for teachers in training and appropriate curriculum for children have led to research and

writing on school collaborations and networks. He is a co-author of two earlier publications:Partnerships

in Education (1970), AACTE and The Teaching Clinic (1974), Ass'n of Teacher Educators,

plus articles and reports for professional journals in Education. In retirement, Mr. Barbour lives in

coastal Maine and devotes volunteer time to public school projects, church programs, and prison

inmate counseling. He also serves as a board director for a fishing advocacy group, a church facilities

board, and one regional hospital board.

Nita H. Barbour is a retired University of Maryland professor with over 30 years in teaching,

researching and curriculum program development for educational facilities in three states. Her

professional work covers involvement with programs for populations ranging from preschool to

university graduate courses. Nita's Fulbright Scholarship in language study in the 1950s led to a career

long interest in the uses of language and the impact of language and culture on education. This interest

has followed her into retirement as a feature of the language literacy programs she has established for

preschoolers in her Maine community. Professor Barbour is a co-author of two earlier textbooks in the

early childhood field: Early Childhood Education: An Introduction, 4e, 1998, Merrill/Prentice Hall and

Developmental Continuity Across Preschool & Primary Grades, 2e, 2004, Ass'n of Childhood

Education International.

Dr. Patricia Scully is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore

County (UMBC) where she directs the early childhood teacher education program and

teaches courses in early literacy, children’s literature, and curriculum. Earlier in her

career, Dr. Scully taught in child care centers and public school classrooms working with

children from two to 12 years of age in New Jersey, New York City, and Maryland. She

has been a child care center director and has worked extensively in professional

development for child care professionals. She is a graduate of The College of New

Jersey, Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of Maryland College

Park. Her publications include articles in the Early Childhood Journal and Young

Children as well as the book, Developmental Continuity across Preschool and Primary

Grades, 2nd Ed. published by the Association for Childhood Education International.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Home, School, and Community Influences in Children's Lives 1
Ch. 2 Historical Perspectives 23
Ch. 3 Viewing Family Diversity 43
Ch. 4 Parenting the Child 67
Ch. 5 Responsibility for Educating Children 93
Ch. 6 Curriculum of the Home 115
Ch. 7 Curriculum of the School 141
Ch. 8 Curriculum of the Community 165
Ch. 9 Traditional and Innovative Strategies for Working Together 187
Ch. 10 Models for Parent - School - Community Partnerships 213
Ch. 11 Effective Social Settings for Learning 235
Ch. 12 Working Together 259
Annotated Bibliography of Children's Books 281
Glossary 295
References 301
Index 315
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