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A basic tenet of Families, Schools, & Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children, fourth edition, is that schools will always be a primary venue for educating the young child, and educators must be in the forefront of any endeavor to bring about change. However, the authors stress that to accomplish the tasks at hand, all school districts must develop vibrant partnerships--uniting parents and community members with teachers in educating tomorrow's citizens. Schools are where the action will bloom, but respectful collaboration is the key to success.
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This fourth edition discusses the benefits and strategies for developing a strong collaboration among the family, school, and community to support children in today’s culturally diverse society.
New to this edition:
New Chapter,“Including Children with Disabilities”
o Emphasizes the impact of family, the school’s approach, and community support on the development of children with special needs. (See Chapter 6.)
More Applications and Implications for Teachers
o A new section, “Applying These Concepts to Your Work with Children and Families,” highlights the practical application of concepts discussed in each chapter.
o Updated vignettes of children’s real-life events.
o New and revised book and media resources.
New Reflection boxes in each chapter
Expanded coverage of timely topics such as:
o Diversity in American communities and homes
o Childhood obesity
Resources include an Online Instructor’s Manual, Online Test Bank, Online PowerPoint Slides, TestGen, and Online WebCT and Bb course cartridges.About the Author:
Chandler Barbour, a retired professor of education, has spent over 40 years in elementary school
teaching, school administration, and university teaching. His strong interests in educational
partnerships for teachers in training and appropriate curriculum for children have led to research and
writing on school collaborations and networks. He is a co-author of two earlier publications:Partnerships
in Education (1970), AACTE and The Teaching Clinic (1974), Ass'n of Teacher Educators,
plus articles and reports for professional journals in Education. In retirement, Mr. Barbour lives in
coastal Maine and devotes volunteer time to public school projects, church programs, and prison
inmate counseling. He also serves as a board director for a fishing advocacy group, a church facilities
board, and one regional hospital board.
Nita H. Barbour is a retired University of Maryland professor with over 30 years in teaching,
researching and curriculum program development for educational facilities in three states. Her
professional work covers involvement with programs for populations ranging from preschool to
university graduate courses. Nita's Fulbright Scholarship in language study in the 1950s led to a career
long interest in the uses of language and the impact of language and culture on education. This interest
has followed her into retirement as a feature of the language literacy programs she has established for
preschoolers in her Maine community. Professor Barbour is a co-author of two earlier textbooks in the
early childhood field: Early Childhood Education: An Introduction, 4e, 1998, Merrill/Prentice Hall and
Developmental Continuity Across Preschool & Primary Grades, 2e, 2004, Ass'n of Childhood
Dr. Patricia Scully is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore
County (UMBC) where she directs the early childhood teacher education program and
teaches courses in early literacy, children’s literature, and curriculum. Earlier in her
career, Dr. Scully taught in child care centers and public school classrooms working with
children from two to 12 years of age in New Jersey, New York City, and Maryland. She
has been a child care center director and has worked extensively in professional
development for child care professionals. She is a graduate of The College of New
Jersey, Teachers College, Columbia University and the University of Maryland College
Park. Her publications include articles in the Early Childhood Journal and Young
Children as well as the book, Developmental Continuity across Preschool and Primary
Grades, 2nd Ed. published by the Association for Childhood Education International.
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