Preparing Early Childhood Educators to Teach Math: Professional Development that Works

Volume Editors: Herbert P. Ginsburg Ph.D., Marilou Hyson Ph.D., Taniesha A. Woods Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 248 pages, 7.0 x 10.0
ISBN: 9781598572810
Price: $39.95

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With 30+ video clips—great for use in teacher training sessions!

If you're preparing early childhood educators for the critical task of teaching math, this groundbreaking resource is just what you need to plan and implement effective professional development. Translating recommendations from the National Research Council's early mathematics report into clear and actionable goals, this text is your key to improving the way educators teach math to children ages 3–6. You'll get an in-depth guide to what math teachers need to teach; a research-based framework for strengthening professional development; and web-based video clips to enhance training sessions and show teachers the "how" of high-quality math instruction. Use this accessible text to guide both pre- and inservice teacher preparation—and ensure better math teaching and higher student achievement.


  • understand the classroom challenges of today's early childhood educators
  • see how children's mathematical minds develop and clarify learning goals for them
  • build professional development around five essential goals for high-quality math instruction
  • make the most of innovative professional development methods and technologies
  • strengthen professional development across settings, including child care, Head Start, and prekindergarten
  • promote better math instruction for culturally diverse children and children with disabilities
  • evaluate the effectiveness of professional development efforts

PRACTICAL MATERIALS: Enhance your training sessions with 30+ video clips that show successful classroom teaching scenarios and clinical interviews demonstrating the development of a child's mathematical thinking over a 3-year period. You'll also get sample workshop outlines and syllabi, engaging teaching strategies, resource lists, and a photocopiable planning tool.


Review by: Sally Moomaw, University of Cincinnati; author, Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood
“Provides a captivating tool for college instructors and consultants who are involved in early mathematics professional development.”
Review by: Beth Casey, Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, Boston College Lynch School of Education
“Provides the bible for how to approach the teaching of early childhood mathematics at a time when researchers and educators and the government have just woken up to the critical role of early math skills in the individuals long-term life chances for success.”
Review by: Kelly Mix, Michigan State University
“The only volume I know that brings together child development, instructional practice, and teacher professional development in the area of early childhood mathematics chapters are rich with state-of-the-art information, but they are clear and accessible.”
Review by: Christina Tondevold, Washington State University
“A great collection of ideas. This book is a must-read if you are working with early childhood educators to help them understand the importance of laying the mathematical foundation for children.”
Review by: Nancy Jordan, Professor, School of Education, University of Delaware
“Accessible and practical An essential resource for helping teachers provide high-quality mathematics instruction in preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten programsa top priority in American education.”
Review by: Jane Wilburne, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education, Penn State Harrisburg
“An essential resource for those who provide professional development to early childhood mathematics educators. This book is full of actionable, research-based strategies that will positively influence children's mathematics knowledge, skills, and dispositions.”
Review by: Barbara Bowman, Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, Erikson Institute
“An important book for everyone interested in early math education.”
Review by: Carol Copple, Early Education Consultant
“Good math beginnings are important for childrens school success. Now the key question is how to prepare early childhood teachers to teach math effectively. No one knows more about meeting this challenge than this volumes highly respected editors and contributors.”

Table of Contents

About the Editors: Herbert P. Ginsburg, Ph.D., Marilou Hyson, Ph.D., and Taniesha A. Woods, Ph.D.
About the Contributors
About the Ancillary Materials
Foreword: Sue Bredekamp, Ph.D.

Herbert P. Ginsburg, Ph.D., Marilou Hyson, Ph.D., and Taniesha A. Woods, Ph.D.
  1. One, Two, Buckle My Shoe: Early Childhood Mathematics Education and Teacher Professional Development
    Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D., and Rebecca Gomez, Ed.D.
  2. Practices, Knowledge and Beliefs about Professional Development
    Marilou Hyson, Ph.D., and Taniesha A. Woods, Ph.D.
  3. Young Childrens Mathematical Minds: (Almost) All about Ben
    Herbert P. Ginsburg, Ph.D.
  4. Goals for Early Childhood Mathematics Teachers
    Juanita V. Copley, Ph.D.
  5. General Features of Effective Professional Development: Implications for Preparing Early Educators to Teach Mathematics
    Martha Zaslow, Ph.D.
  6. Promising Approaches to ECME Professional Development in Pre-Service Settings
    Michael D. Preston, Ph.D.
  7. Promising Approaches to ECME Professional Development in In-Service Settings
    Kimberly Brenneman , Ph.D.
  8. Evaluating Professional Development in Early Childhood Mathematics
    Jessica Vick Whittaker, Ph.D., and Bridget K. Hamre, Ph.D.
  9. The Future?
    Herbert P. Ginsburg, Ph.D., Taniesha A. Woods, Ph.D., and Marilou Hyson, Ph.D.
Appendix: Syllabus for HUDK 4027—Fall 2013: The Development of Mathematical Thinking

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