Preschool Education in Today's World: Teaching Children with Diverse Backgrounds and Abilities

Authors: M. Susan Burns Ph.D., Richard T. Johnson, Mona M Assaf; Foreword Author: Linda M. Espinosa Ph.D.

Format: Hardcover, 240 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598571950
Price: $59.95

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Description

Future early childhood educators need to know how to teach allyoung learners effectively—including children with diverse cultural, linguistic, and economic backgrounds and children with special needs. This core textbook equips early childhood educators with the knowledge they'll need to succeed in the classroom and ensure the best outcomes for young children.

M. Susan Burns, co-editor of the National Research Council's seminal Eager to Learn report, partnered with two other respected ECE experts (one a current early childhood teacher) to develop a highly accessible text that's perfectly in tune with the realities of today's diverse classrooms. Ideal for teaching the basics of early childhood education to undergraduate and community college students, this textbook is everything future educators need:

  • Field tested, both in the author's courses at George Mason University and a Head Start-University partnership for professional development in Washington, D.C.
  • Focused solely on preschool settings and the teaching strategies most effective for that specific age group
  • Inclusive, so teachers can skillfully meet the needs of the diverse students they're sure to encounter in their classrooms
  • Aligned with NAEYC, CEC, and TESOL standards—includes a clear matrix of correlations between the book's content and the standards for easy reference
  • Student friendly—packed with learning objectives, case studies, photos, self-reflection and study questions, helpful section summaries, and a glossary
  • Concise and clear, so pre-service educators are likely to read the whole text and keep it for years as a reference
  • Comprehensive, covering everything from the history and legislation of early childhood education to specific educational strategies

With this expertly organized collection of essential information on early childhood education, tomorrow's preschool teachers will enter the classroom prepared and motivated to give all children a great start in school.


Reviews

Review by: Mark Ginsberg, Dean, College of Education and Human Development, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
"The key ingredient for facilitating school readiness and life success is quality– in short, quality matters and must be understood in the context of the backgrounds and abilities that young children bring to their early childhood education experience. This new volume is an important resource that will help teachers, administrators and others who work in this critical field to better understand and provide a high quality early childhood education to ALL children."
Review by: Marilou Hyson, Consultant, Early Childhood Development and Education; Affiliate Faculty, Applied Developmental Psychology, George Mason University
"It is a delight to discover an introductory textbook that does not talk down to students, and one that does not marginalize issues of diversity but places them at the forefront of skilled practice. With this text, beginning students are set on a path to 21st century professionalism."
Review by: Nancy Freeman, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, University of South Carolina; President, National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators (NAECTE)
"A unique contribution to preschool teachers' professional education. It provides a useful overview of foundational theorists in cognitive, social/emotional, language and physical development; learning; and curriculum."
Review by: Barbara Bowman, Chief Officer, Office of Early Childhood Education, Chicago Public Schools
"This book has everything: history, theory, and best practice. It also provides important information for serving special populations— children with special needs, English language learners, and children from low income families. The perfect first text."

Table of Contents

About the Authors
Contributors
Foreword: Linda M. Espinosa
Preface
Special Features
Acknowledgments
Image Credits

  1. Who Provides Early Childhood Education and Care?
    Learning Objectives
    Why Become an Early Childhood Teacher?
    Who Teaches in Early Childhood Education?
    Where Do Early Childhood Educators Work?
    What Makes a High-Quality Early Childhood Education Professional?
    Professional Standards for Early Childhood Educators
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  2. Who Are the Children and Their Families?
    Learning Objectives
    Family, Neighborhood, and Community Characteristics
    Children with Disabilities
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  3. How Has Early Childhood Education Been Defined overthe Years?
    Learning Objectives
    Thoughts About Early Childhood Before the 19th Century
    Early Childhood Education in the 19th Century
    Early Childhood Education in the First Half of the 20th
    Early Childhood Education in the Second Half of the 20th Century
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  4. Early Childhood Practice Today with Myra Rogers
    Learning Objectives
    The Big Picture
    The Core of Early Childhood Education Today
    The First Weeks of Preschool
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  5. Approaches to Learning
    Learning Objectives
    Theoretical Accounts: Approaches to Learning
    Features of Approaches to Learning
    Supporting Children's Effective and Diverse Approaches to Learning
    Assessing Approaches to Learning
    Adapting Curriculum and Monitoring Progress
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  6. Social and Emotional Development
    Learning Objectives
    Theoretical Accounts: Social and Emotional Development
    Features of Social and Emotional Development
    Supporting Children's Effective and Diverse Social and Emotional Development
    Assessing Social and Emotional Development
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  7. Cognitive Development and Learning
    Learning Objectives
    Theoretical Accounts: Cognitive Development and Learning
    Features of Cognitive Development and Learning
    Supporting Children's Effective and Diverse Cognitive
    Assessing Cognition
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  8. Language Development with Robert A. Stechuk
    Learning Objectives
    Theoretical Accounts: Using and Understanding Language
    Features of Language Development
    Supporting Children's Effective and Diverse Language
    Assessing Language
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  9. Physical Development with Myra Rogers
    Learning Objectives
    Theoretical Accounts: Physical Development
    Supporting Children's Effective and Diverse Motor and Physical Development
    Assessing Physical Development
    Key Concepts
    Integration of Information: Self-Reflective Guide
    Helpful Web Sites
  10. Learning in Early Childhood Is Continuous
    International Perspectives
    Advocacy
    Reflection Is Never Ending
    A Rewarding Challenge

Glossary
Index

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