In response to highly publicized incidents of school violence, educators across the United States and in many other nations are seeking effective ways to prevent and modify aggressive and anti-social behaviors in students. One of the major recommendations of the research is that efforts to prevent cruelty need to begin early, during the early childhood years of birth through age eight.
The focus of Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood is guiding young children to accept responsibility for and to be kind in their interactions with fellow human beings, animals and the environment. Although humane education is a relatively new concept in the field of early childhood education, professionals in the field are very familiar with many of the related concepts, including: promoting positive interpersonal interactions, teaching children the skills of self-regulation, giving children experience in caring for living things and protecting the environment. This edited volume is an interdisciplinary compendium of professional wisdom gathered from experts in the fields of education, child development, science, psychology, sociology and humane organizations. As the book amply documents, the concept of humane education is powerful, integrative, timely and appropriate in work with young children.
Teaching Compassion: Humane Education in Early Childhood shows how it is possible for adults dedicated to the care and education of young children to balance attention to the cognitive and affective realms and, in so doing, to elevate the overall quality of early childhood programs for children, families and communities.
Table of Contents
Foreword; Mary Rivkin.- Part One: Foundations of Humane Education.- Editor’s Introduction.- 1. Humane Education and the Development of Empathy in Early Childhood: Definition, Rationale and Outcomes; Mary Renck Jalongo.- 2. Short-Term Interventions that Accomplish Humane Education Goals: An International Review of the Research; Virginio Aguirre and Agustín Orihuela.- 3. Using Interactions between Children and Companion Animals to Build Skill in Self-Regulation and Emotional Regulation; Wanda Boyer.- 4. Teaching Preservice Early Childhood Educators about Humane Education; Tunde Szecsi.- 5. Humane Education and Education for Sustainable Development: Educational Initiatives with Common Goals; Nicole B. Stants.- Part Two: Homes and Communities.- 6. Animals in the Family: Antecedents of Compassion and Violence; Marjorie L. Stanek.- 7. Including Animals in Play Therapy for Young Children and Families; Risë VanFleet.- 8. Foundational Humane Education: Love of Nature and Affinity for Animals; Nancy Bires.- 9. Collaborating to Create Community Disaster Plans That Save Human and Animal Lives; Holly Travis.- Part Three: Humane Education in the Early Childhood Curriculum and Beyond.- 10. The Role of Therapy Animals in Promoting Humane Education Concepts; Lori Friesen.- 11. Beyond WordsUsing Language and Literature to Teach Compassion for Others; Patricia A. Crawford.- 12. Initiatives of Intermountain Therapy Animals, Inc. that Promote Humane Education; Kathy Klotz.- 13. Guardians of the Earth: Teaching Children to Care for All Living Things; Audrey Rule and Ksenia S. Zhbanova.- 14. Humane Education in the Early Childhood Science Curriculum; Amanda K. Onion.- Epilogue: The Promise of Humane Education in the Early Years; Zoe Weil.