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Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 5e is a proven success in the education market now out in its 5th edition. This new edition offers all of the tried and true, comprehensive information available in previous editions, along with many new and pertinent features and benefits. Most importantly, this book provides a fully comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. The reader will have at their fingertips an introduction to the field of early childhood education that is grounded in constructivist theory but also includes coverage of other theories. The focus is on developmentally appropriate practice within all levels of early childhood education including infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary school children, and children with disabilities. With a strong focus on DAP (developmentally appropriate practice) as well as updated references, examples from practitioners and legislation information added, this book has become the most comprehensive resource available.
Part I: The What of Early Childhood Education Chapter 1: The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education Part II: The Who of Early Childhood Education Chapter 2: The Children Chapter 3: The Families Chapter 4: The Teachers/Caregivers Part III: The Why of Early Childhood Education Chapter 5: Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education Chapter 6: Goals, Objectives, and Evaluation Part IV: The Where of Early Childhood Education Chapter 7: The Physical Environment Part V: The How of Early Childhood Education A Curriculum Chapter 8: Scheduling and Curriculum Planning Chapter 9: Creative Development Through the Curriculum Chapter 10: Physical Development Through the Curriculum Chapter 11: Cognitive Development Through the Curriculum Chapter 12: Language Development Through the Curriculum Chapter 13: Social Development Through the Curriculum Part VI: The How of Early Childhood Education A Guidance Chapter 14: Guiding Routines and Group Activities Chapter 15: Guiding Social Behaviors Chapter 16: Helping Children Cope with Stress