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Early Childhood Education Today, 14th Edition

George S. Morrison

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Early Childhood Education Today, 14th Edition

By George S. Morrison
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Overview
Author
George S. Morrison
Edition
14th
ISBN
9780134895116
Published Date
08/03/2018
Pages
624
A leading text for Introduction to Early Childhood Education courses keeps students on the cutting edge of early childhood teaching practice and professionalism.


George Morrison’s Early Childhood Education Today presents current, research-based information on providing high-quality early education to all children so that they can be successful in school and in life. Featuring an engaging writing style and filled with practical examples of authentic teaching practices used by master teachers, the book is popular with both pre-service teachers and current teachers and staff enrolled in college programs to earn additional certifications and degrees. Its strong coverage of development in the age/grade-specific chapters, emphasis on diversity, and coverage of contemporary topics and issues make this text stand apart from other early childhood education texts.


This updated edition integrates 14 themes that are critical in the field today: the importance of all children’s language and literacy development and competence; teaching children who may need help with English language learning; teaching in increasingly diverse classrooms; applying developmentally appropriate practices; closing the achievement gap; integrating special education and early childhood education services; teaching in inclusive classrooms; closing school readiness gaps; the expanding role of preschool education; meeting the challenges of teacher accountability; integrating STEAM subjects into the curriculum; providing for children’s mental health; using technology to support learners; and developing as a professional.

Biography

George S. Morrison is Professor Emeritus of early childhood education at the University of North Texas where he taught early childhood education and development to undergraduates and mentored masters and doctoral students. He is an experienced teacher and principal in the public schools.

 

Professor Morrison’s accomplishments include a Distinguished Academic Service Award from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Outstanding Service and Teaching Awards from Florida International University, and the College of Education Faculty Teaching Excellence Award at the University of North Texas. His books include Early Childhood Education Today; Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, Eighth Edition; and Teaching in America, Fifth Edition. Professor Morrison has also written books about the education and development of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; child development; the contemporary curriculum; and parent/family/community involvement.

 

Dr. Morrison is a popular author, speaker, and presenter. His research and presentations focus on the globalization of early childhood education, the influence of contemporary educational reforms on education, and the application of best practices to early childhood education. Professor Morrison also lectures and gives keynote addresses on early childhood education and development in Thailand, Taiwan, China, South Korea, and the Philippines.


CONTRIBUTORS

Two experienced early childhood professionals contributed to the revision of this edition: 

 

Lorraine Breffni, Ed.D., is the Executive Director of Early Childhood and Parenting Institutes at Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Mailman Segal Center for Human Development. She is also Affiliate Faculty at NSU’s Fischler College of Education. Dr. Breffni directly supervises three early childhood programs including an infant and toddler program; a preschool program; and a parent and child education program. She has worked as an instructor/mentor for the Community Outreach initiative at the Mailman Segal Center assisting preschool teachers as they enhanced emergent literacy practices in their classrooms and as they developed strategies to accommodate the needs of at-risk children and families.

 

Dr. Breffni has co-authored the text All About Child Care and Early Education and its companion resource All About Child Care and Early Education: A Trainee’s Manual. She has written numerous articles for publication and has developed and taught a diverse range of academic subjects at Nova Southeastern University including courses on Developmental Psychopathology, Play Therapy, Best Practice in Emergent Literacy, and Best Practice in Prekindergarten Curriculum.

 

Mary Jean Woika, M.Ed., has worked in early childhood education and early childhood special education for over 30 years. She is currently an assistant professor and program manager at Broward College. In addition to teaching, her responsibilities at the college include mentoring practicum students in their early childhood classrooms throughout Broward County, and mentorship to the North Campus Lab School. Ms. Woika has co-authored a textbook and trainee’s manual, All About Child Care and Early Education, which was developed to be used in the training of CDA students.

 

Before coming to Broward College, Ms. Woika was a child care director, an early interventionist, an early childhood special education teacher, a behavior consultant, and inclusion specialist in an outreach program. She has taught college courses in Pennsylvania, Colorado, Massachusetts, and in Florida, in face-to-face, blended, and online formats. Ms. Woika has sat on several state and county early childhood education committees.

 

Features
  • Critical themes covered include the importance of all children’s language and literacy development and competence; teaching children who may need help with English language learning; teaching in increasingly diverse classrooms; applying developmentally appropriate practices; closing the achievement gap; integrating special education and early childhood education services; teaching in inclusive classrooms; closing school readiness gaps; the expanding role of preschool education; meeting the challenges of teacher accountability; integrating STEAM subjects into the curriculum; providing for children’s mental health; using technology to support learners; and developing as a professional.
  • An expanded discussion of teaching with standards–including state standards, Common Core State Standards, and professional organisation standards that incorporate state preschool and infant/toddler guidelines and frameworks–demystifies the how and what of teaching with standards. New information includes the Head Start Early Outcomes Framework Ages Birth to 5 and a discussion of the new Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). (See Chapter 8.)
  • Expanded diversity coverage emphasises how students can respond to the diverse populations found in American classrooms today, including examples of how to meet children’s needs through accommodations, differentiated instruction, and culturally respectful practices. Chapter 15 contains new examples of practices to use when teaching bilingual children.
  • An enhanced emphasis on developmentally appropriate practices and the development of children in kindergarten and Grades 1, 2, and 3. (See Chapters 11 and 12.)
  • An expanded discussion of the integration of technology in teaching and learning provides many updated examples, and a revised 5E lesson plan specifically designed around teaching with technology.
  • Emphasises the professional goals and responsibilities of early childhood teachers today. With its focus on empowering every student to immediately identify as an early childhood professional and learn the skills necessary for being a professional, all 17 chapters highlight which of the NAEYC Early Childhood Standards for Professional Preparation are emphasised and covered in that particular chapter. Strong pedagogy that reinforces learning and encourages application:
  • Chapter-opening learning outcomes clarify exactly what readers will learn in the chapter and align with the major text sections of the chapter.
  • Chapter-ending Activities for Professional Development help students apply information:
  • Ethical Dilemmas in each chapter that are based on issues and real-life situations faced by early childhood teachers today. The Ethical Dilemmas help readers build a better understanding of what it means to think like a professional and to respond appropriately in complicated and potentially compromising situations.
  • Activities to Apply What You have Learned which revisit the chapter-opening learning outcomes. One activity per learning outcome helps students assess content knowledge and/or apply their understanding.
  • Voice from the Field features enable readers to learn about practicing teachers’ philosophies, beliefs, and program practices. Among the contributors are professionals who are Teachers of the Year, have received prestigious awards, and have National Board Certification.
  • Lesson Plans, found in chapters 9-13, follow the 5E Model (Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend, and Evaluate) and enable readers to look over the shoulder of award-winning teachers and observe how they plan for instruction.
  • Portraits of Children features that illustrate real children and early childhood settings in action. Found in chapters 9-12, Portraits of Children are designed to ensure that readers consider children as individuals by presenting authentic portraits of real children from all cultures and backgrounds, enrolled in real childcare, preschool, and primary-grade programs across the U.S. Each portrait includes developmental information across four domains: social-emotional, cognitive, motor, and adaptive (daily living). Accompanying questions challenge readers to think and reflect about providing for these children’s educational and social needs.
  • Useful figures, tables, checklists, activity plans, assessment activities, and examples outline important pedagogical content and provide tips for assessing children’s learning today.
  • Activity plan to build a curriculum that promotes relationships and responds to children’s needs and interests, Chapter 9: How to Plan a Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers Competency Builder.
Table of contents
  • You and Early Childhood Education: What Does It Mean to Be a Professional?
  • Current Issues and Public Policy: Contemporary Influences on Children and Families
  • Observation and Assessment for Teaching and Learning: Effective Teaching through Appropriate Evaluation
  • The Past and the Present: Prologue to the Future
  • Theories Applied to Teaching and Learning: Foundations for Practice
  • Early Childhood Programs: Applying Theories to Practice
  • Child Care: Meeting the Needs of Children and Families
  • Federal and State Governments: Supporting Children’s Success
  • Infants and Toddlers: Foundation Years for Learning
  • The Preschool Years: Readiness for School and Life
  • Kindergarten Education: Learning All You Need to Know
  • The Primary Grades: Preparation for Lifelong Success
  • Technology and Young Children: Education for the Information Age
  • Guiding Children: Helping Children Become Responsible
  • Understanding Children’s Culture
  • Children with Diverse Needs: Appropriate Education for All
  • Parents, Families, and the Community: Building Partnerships for Student Success