Teaching Young Children: An Introduction (2nd Edition)

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Appropriate for courses in Introduction to Early Childhood Education. Exceptionally lively, practical, and reader-friendly, this introduction to early childhood education text is unique because of its focus on the value of play. Strong coverage of child development, as well as thoughtful discussions about guiding young children, working with families, and celebrating diversity will help teachers facilitate all aspects of the 0-to-8-year-old child's physical, social/emotional, and intellectual growth. The text also includes an overview and concise history of the field, information on professional development, and clear explanations of theoretical foundations for early childhood education. Chapters on curriculum in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies, language and literacy, and the creative arts show teachers how to link theory to classroom practice, making this comprehensive and engaging textbook particularly useful.

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Now in its second edition, Teaching Young Children: An Introduction provides a sound and accessible introduction to the joys and challenges of working with children ages 0-8. Five foundational themes are woven throughout the text: child development, play, guiding young children, working with families and communities, and diversity.

Special features of the new edition include:

  • Separate chapters devoted to indoor play and outdoor play, and Celebrating Play feature boxes sprinkled throughout the text. No other introductory early childhood textbook has such extensive coverage of this important topic.
  • New Multimedia Explorations and Activities boxes at the end of each chapter. Divided into three sections—research, reflect, and respond—these exercises encourage students to further explore important chapter topics using multimedia resources, such as the Internet and the Companion Video Series.
  • The Companion Video Series includes 9 thought-provoking video segments of varying length, with 5 new segments added for the second edition. These videos arc integrated into the text via selected Multimedia Explorations and Activities boxes featured at the end of each chapter. Look for the ABC video icon.
  • The Companion Website, located at www.prenhall.com/henniger. Substantially upgraded for the second edition of the book, the text-specific website includes reflective and multimedia activities, self-tests, web destinations, and a variety of other exciting online resources for faculty and students. Look for the CW icon in the margins of the textbook.

About the Author:

Michael Henniger is professor of early childhood education at Western Washington University, where he currently serves as Associate Dean of the Woodring College of Education. Prior to this and other administrative assignments, he taught early childhood education courses at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Central Washington University, Northern Illinois University, and Western Washington University for a total of 22 years. University teaching interests include preschool and primary curriculum, play, learning environments, and family/community involvement in education. While completing his doctoral degree at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Henniger taught preschool children in the university lab school. His public school experiences were in rural Alaska, where he taught first and second grades and high school mathematics.

 

In addition to numerous articles and presentations on play, playgrounds, parent/community involvement, and technology for young children, Dr. Henniger has authored/co-authored the following books: Working with Parents of Handicapped Children (with Elizabeth Nesselroad); American Education (7th Edition) (with John Johansen and James Johnson); The Teaching Experience: An Introduction to Reflective Practice;and Teaching Young Children: An Introduction (4th Edition).

 

Dr. Henniger’s professional and research interests include promoting the importance of indoor and outdoor play experiences for young children, multicultural toys and games, the role of technology in the lives of young children, and family/community involvement strategies. Recent research opportunities have led to a deeper knowledge of integrating curriculum through project learning, curriculum options for infants and toddlers, and health and fitness issues for young children and their families.  

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