ISBN-10:
0807749311
ISBN-13:
2900807749318
Pub. Date:
11/29/2008
Publisher:
Teachers College Press
Beginning School: U.S. Policies in International Perspective

Beginning School: U.S. Policies in International Perspective

by Richard Clifford
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Overview

The United States is at a pivotal crossroads in determining the educational experiences of children ages 3 through 8. To help educators set goals and design effective policies, early childhood experts Clifford and Crawford provide a concise history of early education and care in the United States and invite readers to consider early schooling in a global perspective. Distinguished scholars from five countries that value early education as an integral part of life-long education—France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Sweden—examine the evolution of early childhood practices in their countries, providing invaluable insight and guidance as we move toward fully serving children and families in our schools.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900807749318
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 11/29/2008
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Early Education in the United States: Converging Systems, Diverse Perspectives Gisele M. Crawford Richard M. Clifford Diane M. Early Stephanie S. Reszka 1

2 Education for Children 3 to 8 Years Old in the United States Gisele M. Crawford Richard M. Clifford Diane M. Early Stephanie S. Reszka 13

3 French Primary Schools: History and Identity Veronique Francis 32

4 The German Educational System for Children from 3 to 10 Years Old Hans-Guenther Rossbach 53

5 3- to 8-Year-Old Children in Japan: The Education System in Society Reiko Uzuhashi 68

6 Drawing Threads Together: The Development of Early Education in New Zealand Michael Gaffney 83

7 Early Education in Sweden: Linking Preschool to School Inge Johansson 95

8 Learning from One Another Richard M. Clifford Gisele M. Crawford 111

About the Editors and the Contributors 137

Index 141

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