Covers Birth to Age Eight. This new, concise introductory text helps pre-service teachers to first understand the basics of developmental domains and then understand how to engage in intentional, developmentally appropriate interactions with young children, create environments, and implement curricular practices that will help young children to learn and thrive. Taking a developmental approach, this first edition text with integrated technology explores both time-honored theories of early childhood development and current models and modern research in the field.
Part One of the text discusses the career options of early childhood professionals, the history of the field, and theories of childhood development. Part Two discusses how teachers support children’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. The final section of the book explains how to use assessment and guidance to support children and how to implement developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom.
This text is supplemented with a number of features and ancillaries that make learning easier for students and teaching easier for instructors. Students will benefit from the engaging boxed features Teach Intentionally and Check Your Understanding, as well as by the online features contained in MyEducationLab: videos with accompanying assignable questions and Building Teaching Skills exercises and other resources to explore. Teachers may take advantage of the online instructors’ guide, online test bank, numerous integrated videos, PowerPoint slides, TestGen, and test banks in Blackboard and WebCT.
PART I: A Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education
1: Early Childhood Professionals: Committed to the Whole Child
2: Foundations and Programs
3: Working with Diverse Families
PART II: Understanding Development
4: Supporting Children’s Emotional Development
5: Supporting Children’s Social Development
6: Supporting Children’s Cognitive Development
7: Supporting Children’s Physical Development
PART III: Using the Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education
8: Using Assessment to Support Children and Families
9: Supporting Children with Guidance
10: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
11: Early Childhood Environments
12: Early Childhood Teachers: Lifelong Learners
Appendix: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Marian Marion is a professor of early childhood education at Governors State University in Illinois. She is the author of two other textbooks: the widely used Guidance of Young Children (Merrill/Pearson, 2006), and Using Observation in Early Childhood Education (Merrill/Pearson, 2006).