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Overview

This new edition of a best-seller completely updates its discussion of the skills, techniques, and attitudes early childhood teachers need to work more closely with families. Many practical strategies and problem-solving techniques are included in this comprehensive text. Students get theoretical and practical coverage of dealing with diverse contemporary families and teaching situations.
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"[This book offers] a very thorough presentation to promote the inclusion of parent and community involvement within the early childhood setting."

"This is an excellent text book with great resources."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435401082
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/9/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 696
  • Sales rank: 777,577
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with parents. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a wide variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia. She received her MA from Drew University and has been an active member of NAEYC for many years, making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. Other publications include more than two dozen articles on child development and family issues, and several other textbooks, including DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE: CURRICULUM AND DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY EDUCATION, 4th Edition, ©2011, Wadsworth Cengage Learning.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
About the Author
Acknowledgments
Sect. I Introduction to Parenting
Ch. 1 A Consideration of Families 3
Ch. 2 Parenting 29
Ch. 3 A Day in the Lives of Two Families 65
Sect. II Teacher-Parent Partnerships in Early Education
Ch. 4 What Is Parent Involvement? 77
Ch. 5 Benefits of Teacher-Parent Partnerships for Children, Parents, and Teachers 99
Ch. 6 Potential Barriers to Teacher-Parent Relationships 117
Ch. 7 Foundations of a Successful Partnership 135
Sect. III Techniques for Developing Partnerships
Ch. 8 At the Beginning with Parents and Children 153
Ch. 9 Informal Communication with Parents 179
Ch. 10 Parent-Teacher Conferences 197
Ch. 11 Home Visits with Parents and Children 225
Ch. 12 Parents in a Classroom 241
Ch. 13 Parents in Meetings 263
Ch. 14 Teachers and Parents in the Community 283
Sect. IV Making a Partnership Work
Ch. 15 Working with Parents with Special Needs 307
Ch. 16 Working with Troublesome Attitudes and Situations 347
Ch. 17 Looking at Parent-Involvement Programs That Work 367
Appendix: Resource Directory 393
Index 395
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