The general public often views early childhood education as either simply “babysitting” or as preparation for later learning. Of course, both viewpoints are simplistic. Deep understanding of child development, best educational practices based on development, emergent curriculum, cultural competence and applications of family systems are necessary for high-quality early education. Highly effective early childhood education is rare in that it requires collaboration and transitions among a variety of systems for children from birth through eight years of age.
The SAGE Encyclopedia of Contemporary Early Childhood Education presents in three comprehensive volumes advanced research, accurate practical applications of research, historical foundations and key facts from the field of contemporary early childhood education.
Through approximately 425 entries, this work includes all areas of child development – physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional, aesthetic – as well as comprehensive review of best educational practices with young children, effective preparation for early childhood professionals and policy making practices, and addresses such questions as:
· How is the field of early childhood education defined?
· What are the roots of this field of study?
· How is the history of early childhood education similar to yet different from the study of public education?
· What are the major influences on understandings of best practices in early childhood education?
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About the Author
Donna Couchenour, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. She received her bachelor’s degree in elementary and early childhood education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania, master’s degree in child development from West Virginia University and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from The Ohio State University. She has been a faculty member in early childhood teacher education for over 30 years and has been employed as a laboratory school director, Head Start teacher/director and military child care Training and Curriculum Specialist. She has taught courses on child development, curriculum and assessment, partnerships for family engagement, and supervised internship experiences at various student levels. With her co-editor of this proposed work, she has published 3 books: Families, Schools and Communities: Together for Young Children (recently published in a fifth edition), Healthy Sexuality Development in Young Children, and In the Field: Guided Field Assignments and Readings in Early Childhood Education. She currently serves as an early childhood education teacher preparation program reviewer, audit team member, and Board of Examiners member for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and as Trainer and Curriculum Specialist for a U.S. Army Child Development Center.
J. Kent Chrisman, Ed.D. is Professor of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Hendrix College, master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Peabody College of Education (now Vanderbilt), and Ed.D. in Educational Supervision from the University of Louisville. He has been a faculty member in early childhood teacher education for over thirty years as well as serving as a laboratory school director in a full day, year round setting and in a public school partnership setting. He has taught courses on curriculum and assessment, child development, partnerships for family engagement, and supervised internship experiences at various student levels. With his co-editor of this proposed work, he has published 3 books: Families, Schools and Communities: Together for Young Children (recently published in a fifth edition), Healthy Sexuality Development in Young Children, and In the Field: Guided Field Assignments and Readings in Early Childhood Education. In addition, he is co-author of Teaching Young Children Mathematics (in press, Routledge) and is contracted as co-author of Teaching Young Children Social Studies (Pearson). He currently serves as the President of the Pennsylvania Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators and has served as President of three state affiliates of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
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About the Editors
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Appendix: Resource Guide