Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children / Edition 2

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Overview

The field of early childhood education and development has recently been the object of increased research and inquiry as well as heightened public concern for the education of young children. The Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children is a definitive compendium of research findings related to early childhood education. This comprehensive volume presents critical reviews of recent research, evaluates new developments, and examines current conflicts in the area. Recent studies are also placed within a framework of well-established conceptual, historical, theoretical, and methodological aspects of the field. Written by leading researchers and scholars of the profession, this reference work is divided info four sections: child development and early education, foundations of early childhood educational curriculum, foundations of early childhood educational policy, and research strategies for early childhood education. Since the education of young children is so closely interrelated with the field of child development, the first section of the Handbook is devoted entirely to an examination of the relationship between early childhood education and research in the area of human development. The ways children learn to think, to move, to use language, to interact with their peers, and to deal with their emotions, provides a basis for the way activities can be designed to help them achieve significant goals in these areas. Part II of the Handbook addresses research on the foundations of educational curriculum for the young child. Informing early childhood educators about the basis for classroom activities and the possible consequences, the Handbook examines how the nature of educational programs established for young children has changed over the years, and presents curriculum alternatives. The areas of play, language and literacy, mathematics, science, social sciences, music, and art are also reviewed in separate chapters. The third section analyzes rese
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This comprehensive compendium of research findings related to early childhood education presents critical reviews of recent research, evaluates new developments, and examines current conflicts in the area. Recent studies are also placed within a framework of well- established conceptual, historical, theoretical, and methodological aspects of the field. The 33 chapters, by leading researchers and scholars of the profession, are arranged within four sections: child development and early education, foundations of early childhood educational curriculum, foundations of early childhood educational policy, and research strategies for early childhood education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805847208
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/4/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 624
  • Sales rank: 1,086,644
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction : a researcher's vade mecum 1
Pt. I Early childhood education and child development 7
2 Cognitive development and the education of young children 9
3 Young children's peer relations and social competence 23
4 Children's morality : perspectives and research 55
5 The emotional basis of learning and development in early childhood education 85
6 Motor development in young children 105
7 The development of children's creativity 121
Pt. II Early childhood educational curriculum 133
8 Reconceptualizing language education in early childhood : socio-cultural perspectives 135
9 Emergent literacy : symbols at work 153
10 The literacy education of linguistically and culturally diverse young children : an overview of outcomes, assessment, and large-scale interventions 167
11 The development of young children's early number and operation sense and its implications for early childhood education 187
12 Repositioning the visual arts in early childhood education : a decade of reconsideration 223
13 The dance of learning 243
14 The musical development and education of young children 251
15 Pretend play 269
16 Early childhood multicultural education 279
Pt. III Foundations of early childhood educational policy 303
17 Creating play environments for early childhood : indoors and out 305
18 Childhood poverty : implications for school readiness and early childhood education 323
19 Effective preschool programs for children at risk of school failure : a best-evidence synthesis 347
20 Educational policy in the United States regarding bilinguals in early childhood education 361
21 Child care for young children 375
22 Family context in early childhood : a look at practices and beliefs that promote early learning 393
23 Early childhood teachers' beliefs and attitudes about inclusion : what does the research tell us? 411
24 Preschool teachers' professional development 423
Pt. IV Research and evaluation strategies for early childhood education 441
25 Alternative means of assessing children's learning in early childhood classrooms 443
26 Evaluating the quality of early childhood educational settings 457
27 Integration, innovation, and evaluation in school-based early childhood services 477
28 Qualitative research : paradigms and possibilities 497
29 Feminist issues in early childhood scholarship 515
30 Beyond certainties : postmodern perspectives, research, and the education of young children 533
31 Early childhood education research in cross-national perspective 555
32 Historical research in early childhood education 573
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