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|Ch. 1||Becoming an Early Childhood Professional: Possibilities and Responsibilities||1|
|Ch. 2||The Field of Early Childhood Today: Changes and Challenges||20|
|Ch. 3||The Past: Prologue to the Present||57|
|Ch. 4||Learning Theories: How Do Children Learn?||78|
|Ch. 5||Early Childhood Programs: Curriculum for Learning||104|
|Ch. 6||Child Care: Meeting the Needs of Children, Parents, and Families||146|
|Ch. 7||Infants and Toddlers: Development, Care, and Education||176|
|Ch. 8||The Preschool Years: Foundation for the Future||202|
|Ch. 9||Kindergarten Education: An Essential Year of Schooling||235|
|Ch. 10||The Primary Years: The Process of Schooling||267|
|Ch. 11||Multiculturalism: Preparation for Living in a Diverse Society||289|
|Ch. 12||Guiding Children: Developing Prosocial Behavior||313|
|Ch. 13||Parent, Family, and Community Partnerships: Keys to Successful Programs||332|
|Appendix A||CDA Competency Goals and Functional Areas||357|
|Appendix B||The National Association for the Education of Young Children Code of Ethical Conduct||359|
This third edition of Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education captures the important changes occurring in early childhood education today and shows how they apply to teaching young children and collaborating with their parents and families.
As you, other early childhood professionals, scientists, and the public respond to the changing field of early childhood education, more opportunities arise for new programs and curricula to meet the ever-changing needs of children and families. These changes and opportunities create an aura of excitement in the field of early childhood education. As a result, we are in what I call a "Golden Age" of early childhood education. This Golden Age provides you and other early childhood educators with unprecedented opportunities and challenges. How well we respond to these opportunities and challenges will determine, to a large extent, whether or not this Golden Age continues into the next decade. I hope and believe it will.
The primary goal of Fundamentals ofEarly Childhood Education, Third Edition, is to help you respond positively and professionally to the opportunities of early childhood education today and to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be. This edition gives you the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to confidently and appropriately achieve your goal of being a leader in educating children, parents, and families.
When I ask early childhood educators how I can help them be better professionals, they repeatedly express their desire for an early childhood book that is user-friendly and applies theory to practice. Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, Third Edition, meets this need for a book that is both practical and based on current research and thinking about how young children learn and how best to teach them.
In this book, eight core themes serve as an organizing framework:
Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, Third Edition, provides a thorough introduction to the field of early childhood education in a straightforward and engaging style. The text is comprehensive in its approach to the profession and is divided into four large areas:
The Appendix, "The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct," provides the basis for teaching in an ethical and professional manner.
A number of new features have been added to this third edition. These new features make the book even more user-friendly and useful. They add value to the content and expand and enrich your understanding.
Technology Tie-Ins are included in each chapter. These are designed to help you be technologically literate and incorporate technology of all kinds into your teaching. Each of the "Technology Tie-In" boxes provide you with specific examples related to chapter content. They bridge theory and classroom practice and enable you to be a connected teacher. Collectively, the "Technology Tie-In" features help you to:
The Professional Development Checklist, introduced in Chapter 1, provides a graphic tool enabling you to assess your professional practice and gauge your professional development. Each chapter opens with one or more of the thirteen essential professional goals that constitute professional practice. Each chapter concludes with "Activities for Professional Development" designed to help you achieve the professional development goals emphasized in the chapter. In this way, professionalism is integrated throughout each chapter and the entire book.
A new Chapter 4, "Implementing Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice," combines coverage of theories about how children develop and learn with models of early childhood education designed to help children grow and develop to their fullest. In this chapter, theories are directly connected to program practices, allowing you to see how theories are applied to developing and implementing programs for young children.