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This is my eighth preface to Early Childhood Education Today. I've always tried to begin with words of encouragement and challenge, and this edition is no exception. This is an exciting time to be in the field of early childhood education. In fact, I can think of only one other time during my career when there was so much excitement and challenge: 1965, with the implementation of Head Start. The excitement and possibility in the air at that time was similar to that of today because of the current emphasis on brain and developmental research and a renewed interest in the importance of the early years.
Early childhood education is in the public spotlight. We are in the golden age of early childhood education for young children, parents, families, and professionals, and this age brings with it both possibilities and challenges. The possibilities are endless for you as an early childhood education professional, in what you can do for children and families and to change and remake the early childhood profession. An important question is, "What will you and others do with this `prime time' for early childhood education?"
I believe that how you and I respond to the opportunities we have in front of us will determine how long the current golden age of early childhood education lasts. You and other early childhood professionals must be creative in responding to the opportunities for helping young children, extending the interest in young children, and providing the support that they and their families need. Goals of the Text
The primary goal of Early Childhood Education Today, Eighth Edition, is to help you meet the challenges of early childhood education and to help you be the best early childhood professional you can be. I believe this edition will give you the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to confidently and appropriately assume your goal of being a leader in educating children, parents, and families.
I wrote Early Childhood Education Today to meet preservice teachers' desire for a learning text that is practical and based upon current ideas about what teaching young children is like today. Six main core themes are integrated throughout the text and provide a framework for reading and study. These themes are as follows:
Theory to Practice. This text will help you understand how theories of learning and educating young children are translated into practice by teachers and programs. The "Voice from the Field" and "Program in Action" sections provide real-life insights into how teachers in programs across the United States endeavor to apply early childhood theories to their everyday practices. In other words, you will read firsthand about professional colleagues who make theories come alive in concrete ways that truly help children succeed in school and life.
Diversity. The United States is a nation of diverse people, and this diversity is reflected in every early childhood classroom and program. You and your colleagues must have the knowledge and sensitivity to teach all students well, and you must understand how culture and language influence teaching and learning. In addition to two full chapters on diversity (chapter 14, "Multiculturalism: Education for Living in a Diverse Society," and chapter 15, "Children with Special Needs: Appropriate Education for All"), every other chapter of this edition emphasizes the theme of diversity through narrative examples and program descriptions.
Family-Centered, Community-Based Practice. To effectively meet children's needs, you and other early childhood professionals must collaborate with families and communities. Today, teaching is not an isolated endeavor in which one seeks to practice the craft of early childhood education in isolation from colleagues and others in the school and community. Successful partnerships at all levels are essential for effective teaching and learning. In addition to a chapter on this important topic (chapter 16, "Parent, Family, and Community Involvement: Cooperation and Collaboration"), every other chapter provides examples of successful partnerships and their influences on teaching and learning.
Timeliness. This edition is a book for the twenty-first century. The information it contains is timely, reflective of the very latest trends and research. Every chapter has been thoroughly revised to reflect the changes in the field. I take great pride in ensuring that you and other readers will be well versed in the current state of early childhood education after reading this text.
Developmentally Appropriate Practice. The theme of developmentally appropriate practice runs throughout this text. Developmentally appropriate practice is the foundation for all that early childhood professionals do. It is important, therefore, that you as an early childhood education professional understand developmentally appropriate practice and become familiar with how to implement it in your teaching. Appendix B reprints NAEYC's guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice, and every chapter provides examples and illustrations of how to apply developmentally appropriate practice.
Technology Applied to Teaching and Learning. Technological and information literacy is essential for living and working in contemporary society. This edition provides readers the information and skills that they need to integrate technology effectively into the curriculum and use new teaching and learning styles enabled by technology. In addition to chapter 13, "Technology and Young Children: Education for the Information Age," margin notes direct readers to related information on the Companion Website for this textbook, located at prenhall/morrison. Websites are also integrated into the content of every chapter. Additionally, included at the end of each chapter is a "Linking to Learning" section that provides an annotated list of Websites. In this way, you and others are supported in using the Internet and new technologies as sources of professional growth and development. Organization and Coverage of the Text
Early Childhood Education Today, Eighth Edition, provides a thorough introduction to the field of early childhood education in a straightforward and engaging style. The book analyzes current issues and ideas and applies practical, developmentally appropriate strategies and models to the practice of early childhood education. This edition has been extensively revised to reflect the changes in society, research, and the practice of early childhood education. The text is comprehensive in its approach to the profession and is organized into five parts:
Part I, "Early Childhood Education and Professional Development," begins with a chapter on professional development. This chapter has been extensively revised and is designed to place professional practice at the heart of being a good teacher. Chapter 1 will help you engage in professional, ethical practice and sets the tone for what being an early childhood professional is all about. Chapter 2 provides you with an understanding of the current issues of early childhood education today and gives you insight into the research issues and political agendas shaping contemporary practice and programs.
Part II, "The Development of Early Childhood Programs," provides a historical overview of the field of early childhood education and descriptions of Montessori and Piagetian theories, ideas, and practices. These chapters also show how the past influences the present and how the two major theories of Montessori and Piaget influence programs for young children today. Chapter 6 is new to this edition and provides a comprehensive look at models of early childhood curricula and how they function.
Part III, "Developmentally Appropriate Programs and Practices," provides a comprehensive overview and discussion of children's development from infancy through the primary grades. In addition, these chapters provide guidelines for how to teach young children in developmentally appropriate ways and how to develop and implement programs that are developmentally appropriate.
Part IV, "Guiding and Assessing Young Children," provides practical guidelines for observing and authentically assessing young children, shows how to most effectively observe and assess, and explains how to apply the results of observation and assessment to your early childhood practice. How to guide children's behavior is also an important topic in early childhood education today. Chapter 12 suggests ideas for guiding children and helping them be responsible for their own behavior. These ideas will enable you to confidently manage classrooms and other early childhood settings.
Part V, "Meeting the Special Needs of Young Children," begins with a chapter on technology and young children. Technology is an important part of this information age, and it is imperative that young children learn to use it and that you and other teachers use it to support your teaching and children's learning. Chapters 14 and 15 address issues of multiculturalism, diversity, and children's special needs. These two chapters help you meet children's special needs in developmentally appropriate and authentic ways. Chapter 16 stresses the importance of cooperation and collaboration with family and community citizens. This chapter helps you learn how to develop partnerships and confidently interact with parents, families, and communities to provide the best education for all children.
Appendix A, "The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct," provides the basis for teaching in an ethical and professional manner, and Appendix B, "NAEYC Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs," helps assure that you teach and develop programs so that they meet the developmental and educational needs of children in ways that are appropriate to them as individuals. Special Features Programs in Action. One of the hallmarks of this edition of Early Childhood Education Today is its practical nature and its ability to translate theory into practice. "Programs in Action" in almost every chapter enable you to experience actual programs designed for children in real-life classrooms and early childhood programs throughout the United States. I can think of no better way for you to understand what early childhood education in practice is like than to learn about real programs in action. These real examples of schools, programs, classrooms, and teachers enable you to explore the best practices of early childhood education and see up close what teaching is like. They also offer special opportunities to spotlight current topics such as early and family literacy, multiage and bilingual classrooms, early gifted education, inclusion, and early intervention. This approach enables you to make the transition from thinking about being a teacher to becoming a competent professional.
Voices from the Field. I believe it is important for the teacher's voice to be heard in and throughout Early Childhood Education Today, Eighth Edition. "Voices from the Field" provide real teachers the opportunity to explain to you their philosophies, beliefs, and program practices. These teachers mentor you as they relate how they practice early childhood education. Among the contributors are four teachers who have recently received "Teacher of the Year" honors.
Video Viewpoints. Integrated throughout this edition are feature boxes that ask you to respond to questions requiring reflective thought and decision making. These "Video Viewpoints" are linked to the video segments in the ABC News/Prentice Hall video library. The segments and the "Video Viewpoint" activities address current issues in early childhood education, help connect theory to practice, and bring to life important topics relating to young children and families. New to This Edition New Chapter on Observation and Assessment. Users of the seventh edition suggested the inclusion of a chapter devoted to observing and assessing young children. Chapter 11, "Observing and Assessing Young Children: Effective Teaching Through Appropriate Evaluation," responds to this user need and brings together these two important topics. The addition of this chapter should facilitate your efforts at observing and assessing young children and using the results of those efforts to guide your practice.
New Chapter on Model Early Childhood Programs. Chapter 6, "Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice," is also new to this edition. This chapter brings together the major models of early childhood education that are used today, including but not limited to Head Start, High/Scope, and Reggio Emilia. Having all the models in one chapter enables you to compare/contrast and evaluate these programs and helps you make decisions about which models you think are most appropriate for young children.
Emphasis on Professional Practice. Chapter 1 is now entirely devoted to professional practice and sets the tone and context for the entire text. By beginning with professional practice, students understand the importance of the early childhood educator's role in shaping the future. They also recognize that their own professional development is an ongoing responsibility and a necessary part of helping children grow and develop as happily and successfully as possible.
Integrated Technology. Web resources and URLs are integrated throughout the text of each chapter, and margin notes cue students to additional resources that can be found on the Companion Website for this text, located at prenhall/morrison. These links will help enrich and extend your learning. In addition, at the end of each chapter there is a "Linking to Learning" section that provides a list of annotated Web addresses for further research, study, and reflection.
Full-Color Text. The eighth edition of Early Childhood Education Today is a full-color text. Whereas the seventh edition had color inserts only, the full-color format is now carried throughout the book. This format enhances the visual appeal and readability of the text and supports its contemporary nature. Supplements to the Text
The supplements package for the eighth edition has also been thoroughly revised and upgraded with some exciting new ancillaries:
Instructor's Manual. The Instructor's Manual provides professors with a variety of useful resources, including chapter overviews, teaching strategies, and ideas for classroom activities, discussions, and assessment that will assist them in using this text. The manual also includes a comprehensive print testbank containing both multiple-choice and essay questions.
Computerized Testbank Software. The computerized testbank software gives instructors electronic access to the test questions printed in the Instructor's Manual, allowing them to create and customize exams on their computer. The software can help professors manage their courses and gain insight into their students' progress and performance. Computerized testbank software is available in both Macintosh and PC/Windows versions.
ABC News/Prentice Hall Video Library. Available free to instructors, Current Issues in Early Childhood Education, volumes I and 2, contain a total of eleven video segments, four of which are new to the eighth edition. Vi...
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