Introduction to Early Childhood Education / Edition 6

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The second edition of this outstanding book introduces students to the principles of early childhood education and care, blending theoretical and practical information in an easy-to-read manner. Expanded information on children from ages zero to eight is integrated throughout the book. Infant, toddler and afterschool caregivers and teachers will find significantly more information specific to their specialty.
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Editorial Reviews

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 (
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" [This is a] comprehensive overview, great for an introductory class in early childhood."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428360532
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Series: What's New in Early Childhood Series
  • Edition description: Student
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Total Early Childhood Program 1
Ch. 1 The Scope of and Need for Early Childhood Education 15
Ch. 2 The Children 41
Ch. 3 The Families 69
Ch. 4 The Teachers 93
Ch. 5 Rationale Supporting Early Childhood Education 121
Ch. 6 Goals, Objectives, and Evaluation 157
Ch. 7 The Physical Environment 185
Ch. 8 Scheduling the Program and Curriculum Planning 215
Ch. 9 Creative Development Through the Curriculum 245
Ch. 10 Physical Development Through the Curriculum 279
Ch. 11 Cognitive Development Through the Curriculum 313
Ch. 12 Language Development Through the Curriculum 343
Ch. 13 Social Development Through the Curriculum 373
Ch. 14 Guiding Routines and Group Activities 401
Ch. 15 Guiding Social Behaviors 439
Ch. 16 Handling Problem Behaviors 461
Ch. 17 Helping Children Cope with Stress 485
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