Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade [With Access Code] (myeducationlab (Access Codes))

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For courses in Creative Arts in Early Childhood Education.

The 4th edition of this widely accepted, versatile book shows future and current early childhood educators how to integrate children's creativity, play and the arts into their curriculum in a way that fosters learning and growth.  Instructor's will find various features within the text that they can use as assignments and as in-class activities to enable students to articulate their child-centered philosophy to families, colleagues, and administrators.  Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning lends extensive support to faculty who are themselves at different levels of experience in working with practitioners.

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About the Author:

Mary Renck Jalongo, Ph.D.


Mary Renck Jalongo is a teacher, writer and editor.  As a classroom teacher, she taught preschool, first grade and second grade, worked with children and families of migrant farm workers, and taught in the laboratory preschool at the University of Toledo.  Currently she is a professor at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where she earned the university-wide outstanding professor award and coordinates both the Doctoral Program in Curriculum and Instruction and an initial teacher certification program at the graduate level. 


As a writer, Dr. Jalongo has co-authored and edited more than 25 books, many of them textbooks in the field of early childhood education.  These books include Early Childhood Language Arts (4th ed. Allyn & Bacon) and Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning (4th ed.  Merrill/Prentice Hall), Exploring Your Role:  An Introduction to Early Childhood Education (3rd ed., Merrill/Prentice Hall) and Major Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education:  Challenges, Controversies, and Insights (2nd ed. Teachers College Press). She is also the author for various articles on early childhood education in the World Book Encyclopedia and has written two award-winning Association for Childhood Education International Position Papers.


Her most recent publications include two National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) books, Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn and Young Children and Picture Books as well as a Teachers College Press book, Planning for Learning:  Collaborative Approaches to Lesson Design and Review and an edited book for ACEI, The World’s Children and Their Companion Animals:  Developmental and Educational Significance of the Child/Pet Bond.  Mary has earned seven national awards for excellence in scholarly writing. 


Mary is editor-in-chief of the Springer international publication, Early Childhood Education Journal and co-edits their new book series, Educating the Young Child:  Advances in Theory and Research, Implications for Practice.

From the Back Cover:

Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning prepares preservice and inservice teachers to know why children's creative thinking and play are so important, know about children's play and creative thinking, and also know how to provide these experiences within the curriculum.  It contains extensive coverage of the roles, responsibilities, and strategies that lead to a more child-centered, play-based curriculum.

An Applied Approach

  • Many instructional guidelines and classroom strategies are presented throughout the text for integrating creative thinking and play into learning.
  • Cases about preschoolers, K-2nd graders, and 3rd-4th graders open each chapter and show readers how teachers infuse the arts into learning.
  • Meeting Standards.  This new feature discusses how to provide for creativity in classrooms while also meeting state and national standards.
  • Frequently Asked Questions.  Another new feature poses common questions about issues, such as what materials and resources to use, how to adapt environments for diverse learners, and how to foster and assess creative thought.  Misconceptions are dispelled with research-based answers. 

A Theoretical Approach

  • Solid theory underlies all of the content.  The authors' experience as university professors and practitioners is evident in their clear presentation of relevant theory.

A Reflective Approach

  • Teacher's Reflections in each chapter tell readers what other preservice and inservice teachers are thinking and doing in their classrooms relative to their experiences with the arts.

Resources:  Instructor's Manual and test Bank, PowerPoint Slides

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