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Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom / Edition 1

Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood Classroom / Edition 1

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Of all the school readiness domains, approaches to learning is perhaps the least understood but the most important. Research shows that positive approaches to learning improve both social-emotional and academic outcomes. This new resource will help early childhood professionals implement strategies to support young children's positive approaches to learning—their enthusiasm (interest, joy, and motivation to learn) and their engagement (attention, persistence, flexibility, self-regulation, and other essential learning behaviors). Along with extensive research, the text includes images of practice in early education programs in culturally, economically, and linguistically diverse settings.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900807748809
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 06/29/2008
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword   Sue Bredekamp     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction     1
What We Know About Approaches to Learning     2
Why a Book on Approaches to Learning? Why Now?     3
Using This Book     4
Getting Started     5
Setting the Stage for Action: Four Questions to Consider     7
What Are Positive Approaches to Learning?     9
The Concept of Approaches to Learning-Some Historical Background     10
Comparing Approaches to Learning with Other Umbrella Terms     12
Steps Toward a Concept of Young Children's Approaches to Learning     13
Enthusiasm and Engagement: Two Primary Dimensions of Positive Approaches to Learning     15
Using This Framework     18
Looking Back and Looking Forward     19
Why Do Positive Approaches to Learning Matter?     20
Enthusiasm and Engagement Have Intrinsic Value     21
Enthusiasm and Engagement Form a Foundation     22
Why Would You Expect Academic and Social Benefits?     25
Looking Back and Looking Forward     29
How Do Children Develop Positive Approaches to Learning?     30
What Influences Children's Approaches to Learning? An Ecological Perspective     32
Individual Differences in Children's Characteristics     33
Approaches to Learning Grow Up: The Influence of Development     35
Family Influences     38
The Influence of School     38
Cultural Influences     40
Political and Policy Influences     42
Looking Back and Looking Forward     42
What Undermines Children's Positive Approaches to Learning?     44
Becoming Discouraged and Disengaged-The Downward Spiral     45
What May Contribute to Children's Negative Approaches to Learning?     46
Beyond Symptoms to Underlying Causes     50
Impact on the Most Vulnerable Children     52
Looking Back and Looking Forward     54
Transforming Risks into Opportunities: Evidence-Based Tools to Support Positive Approaches to Learning     55
Tools to Build Closer Relationships with All Children     57
Connections with Children     58
Community-Where Children Are Accepted, Acknowledged, and Appreciated     62
Critical Times When Relationships Can Make the Difference     65
Looking Back and Looking Forward     67
Tools to Find and Use More Effective Curriculum     69
Why Do We Care About Curriculum?     71
Analysis of Curriculum Models     72
Adaptations to Curriculum     77
Curriculum Targeted to Approaches to Learning     81
Looking Back and Looking Forward     82
Tools to Teach in Ways That Promote Positive Approaches to Learning     84
Effective Environments     86
Specific Teaching Practices     90
When More Intentional Strategies May Be Needed     93
Looking Back and Looking Forward     95
Tools to Assess Children's Approaches to Learning     96
Good Early Childhood Assessment: A Reminder of Basic Principles     97
Familiar Assessments Used in Some New Ways     99
Specialized Assessments of Approaches to Learning     103
A Plan to Use the Results     106
Reducing the Risks and Maximizing the Potential of Assessing Children's Approaches to Learning     109
Looking Back and Looking Forward     110
Tools That Tap the Power of Families     111
Relationships with Families     113
Approaches-to-Learning Conversations with Families     115
Practical Ideas to Share with Families     118
Looking Back and Looking Forward     121
Tools to Create Change     122
A Theory of Change and a Logic Model to Get There     124
Relevant, Persuasive Research     125
New Approaches to Professional Development     127
Effective Advocacy     129
Strategies to Implement Knowledge About Approaches to Learning     131
Looking Back and Looking Forward: Concluding Thoughts     132
Examples of Developmental Changes in Children's Approaches to Learning     133
Action Planning Form     139
References     143
Index     155
About the Author     163

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