Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Research into Practice

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Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education: Research into Practice describes current and ongoing research related to the important benefits of family involvement to children's achievement, as well as practical ideas and specific activities for pre-service and in-service teachers to assist them in getting families involved in their children's education. This unique text offers ideas for the families and teachers of infants and toddlers as well as the parents and teachers of school-age children. The ideas and specific activities are designed for instant use by classroom teachers and families, with a format that is practitioner-friendly. Special features of the text include plans for implementing a family involvement program, sample ideas and activities for involving fathers, and sample newsletters and activities for at-home involvement. The review questions, highlighted key terminology, and chapter exercises encourage meaningful reflection and reinforce key concepts.
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I like the strong research base that the text is based on and the age span covered coincides with the scope of the early childhood license. The organization of the book is excellent and the specific activities for teachers to utilize will be useful material."

This book gives detail on how to actually work with parents and get them involved in early childhood education unlike any other book on the market currently.

I would adopt this text and if regular editions were published, I would continue to use the text for multiple years.

The organization of the chapters seems logical and I believe the major topics for a text with this focus are covered.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781418014247
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 10/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 8.08 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Prior is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Literacy at Northern Arizona University. She is also a member of the Intenational Reading Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, and the Association for Childhood Education International.

Maureen R. Gerard is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood/Literacy at the University of Arizona South. She is also a member fo the International Reading Association, the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, and the President Huachuca Reading Council.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Benefits of Family Involvement in the Early Years. Chapter 2: Diverse Families: Then, Now, Tomorrow. Chapter 3: Challenges to Effective Partnerships in the Early Years. Chapter 4: Involving Fathers and Male Role Models. Chapter 5: Creating Partnerships at School in the Early Years. Chapter 6: Family Involvement at Home during the Early Years. Chapter 7: Family Involvement with Infant/Toddler Care and Education. Chapter 8: Building a Comprehensive Program for Family Involvement in the Early Years.
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