Who am I in the Lives of Children?: AND Portfolio Planner

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9780130568038: Who am I in the Lives of Children?: AND Portfolio Planner

Designed for introductory courses in early childhood education and care at the two year and four year level. Provides a useful overview for returning students and even graduate students who wish to increase or update their expertise.


Covers ages 0-8. This child-centered introduction, now available in full color, presents a constructivist, developmental approach to the full range of early childhood education and care programs. Its clear, conceptual framework and integration of principles and practice assist students in understanding the important values of the field and how they play out in classrooms. The authors' straightforward, conversational writing style appeals to a wide-range of students, and asks them to develop their own style and philosophy and reflect on their own values and actions. With its focus on respecting children, ethics, and personal and professional development of teachers of young children, it has become one of most well received books in the field.

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This child-centered text, embracing a constructivist philosophy, has been thoroughly revised for the seventh edition.  It provides a foundation for career in early childhood that is built on respect for children, the importance of teachers' reflections on their own values and actions, and clear presentation of principles and practice.  Appealing to a wide range of students, this text supports readers' personal and professional development.  The authors' unique talents as university and community college professors, teachers of young children, and national policy makers have come together to help students understand children and their important role in children's lives. 

Highlights of This Text

  • New DVD, "Birds: An Integrated Curriculum," is packaged with every copy of the text and is referenced in the margins of Chapter 11.
  • Instructional Guidelines and practical suggestions appear in the text and in shaded boxes throughout.
  • Educational Standards. Curriculum content standards for early childhood settings are described in Chapter 10, NAEYC Standards for Preparation of Early Childhood Professionals are included in the new Learning Outcomes section at the end of each chapter, and current developments in the field (e.g., accountability) are included in Chapter 2.
  • Broadened coverage of cultural differences is found throughout this edition.
  • Reflection Questions throughout encourage students to connect with the content and engage in personal and professional reflection.
  • For Your Portfolio provides a framework for creating a professional portfolio and suggestions for items to add to it.
  • Resources include an Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, a computerized test management system, and a Companion Website (http://www.prenhall.com/feeney) .

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