INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 7th Edition, provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. Grounded in constructivist theory but also covering other perspectives, the book focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary schoolchildren, and children with disabilities. The majority of the text examines curriculum and the fostering of creativity as well as physical, cognitive, language, and social development--every facet of early childhood education is examined and explained This edition has been extensively revised and includes standards (both DAP and NAEYC) and accountability in the field of early childhood education, an expanded emphasis on working with children from diverse backgrounds, the latest brain-based research, and discussions of the role of families and forms of parent communication. With a strong emphasis on defining the components of high-quality early childhood programs, along with completely updated references, examples from practitioners, and new video offerings, this book is the most comprehensive resource available. Available with InfoTrac Student Collections http://gocengage.com/infotrac.
" [This is a] comprehensive overview, great for an introductory class in early childhood."
A textbook for preschool and after-school program providers. Essa (University of Nevada) identifies the needs of toddlers for social, physical, and cognitive development, and suggests daily routines, group activities, and techniques for dealing with behavioral problems. The fourth edition incorporates new research and updates statistics. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Eva L. Essa, Ph.D., recently retired as Foundation Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she taught early childhood education and human development for 41 years. Dr. Essa's research and writing on topics related to early childhood education have been published in a variety of professional journals and books.
Contents. Preface. Part I: THE WHAT OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. 1. The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education. Part II: THE WHO OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. 2. The Children. 3. The Families. 4. The Teachers/Caregivers. Part III: THE WHY OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. 5. Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education. 6. Accountability, Standards, and Assessment. Part IV: THE WHERE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION. 7. The Physical Environment. Part V: THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION--CURRICULUM. 8. Scheduling and Curriculum Planning. 9. Creative Development through the Curriculum. 10. Physical Development through the Curriculum. 11. Cognitive Development through the Curriculum. 12. Language Development through the Curriculum. 13. Social Development through the Curriculum. Part VI: THE HOW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION--GUIDANCE. 14. Guiding Routines and Group Activities. 15. Guiding Social Behaviors. 16. Helping Children Cope with Stress. Appendix. Glossary. References.