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.
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