Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education (4th Edition)

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9780131710474: Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education (4th Edition)

For Introduction to Early Childhood Education courses. Covers ages 0-8. The fourth edition of this best-selling text has been thoroughly updated to ensure that future teachers of young children encounter the most current ideas about how children learn, how best to teach them, and how to effectively include their families and their communities in their education. This revision offers a new chapter on Standards, a new diversity feature in each chapter as well as throughout the text, and increased coverage of Vygotsky's theories and suggestions for implementing them in today's classrooms. Plus, it again provides Morrison's trademark trio-comprehensive coverage, inviting format, and appealing writing. A low cost, paperback alternative to the full edition.

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With a focus on what it means to be an early childhood professional, this new introduction offers a current, up-to-date, readable approach to all of the major topics, programs, and issues at the forefront of the field today. Comprehensive, yet compact, this is a perfect text for 1- or 2-credit courses.

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Fundamentals in Early Childhood Education discusses the essential concepts and issues in the field of early care and education. Fundamentals provides an accessible reading level and an emphasis on professionalism. Each chapter presents engaging chapter features on early childhood programs, professionals in practice, technology, diversity, and issues. Separate chapters on all groups of children–infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, and primary-age children–ensure that students understand the special nature and developmental and educational needs of every child in their care.

 

Key changes to this edition:

        A new chapter on standards and their relevance to working with young children (Chapter 3)

        A new diversity feature, “Diversity Tie-In,” in each chapter

        More emphasis on Vygotsky and application of his theories to classroom practice

        Expanded, illustrated “Portraits of Children” features highlighting developmental capabilities

        New and expanded discussions on

o       The importance of understanding culture, diversity issues, and individuality when working with young children and their families

o       Infant mental health

o       The role of fathers

o       Transitioning to kindergarten

o       Head Start and Early Head Start

o       Formal and informal assessments

 

Resources include ABC News/Prentice Hall videos, an online Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank, an electronic test management system, and a Companion Website.

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