Features and Benefits

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation offers:

  • A focus on intentional teaching:
    • Provides a solid foundation in the principles of developmentally appropriate practices. Because an understanding of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) informs every aspect of childhood education, chapters are organized according to the NAEYC’s guidelines.
    • Helps students understand the rationales for teaching strategies. Becoming an Intentional Teacher features reveal what teachers are thinking and how  and why they select the strategies they do.
    • UPDATED: Offers authentic examples of children’s work for students to evaluate. The end-of-chapter Observe, Reflect, Apply feature includes artifacts of children’s work to help bring teaching to life and engage students as they practice their skills. New artifacts and examples, especially from children in the primary grades, are featured in every chapter.
  • Current research on evidence-based, effective practices:
    • UPDATED: Reflects the rapidly-changing landscape and expanding knowledge base of early childhood education. Students will obtain an understanding of the latest research impacting practice and policy through new discussions of policy initiatives, changing demographics, research on the effectiveness of early education, and trends in the field. Chapter 1 is updated, and approximately 350 new references are cited throughout the book.
    • Demonstrates effective practices in action.
      • What Works features present research-based practices in action, including descriptions of effective practices such as teaching mathematics to dual-language learners and using evidence-based curriculum to narrow the achievement gap.
      • Effective Practices summary tables help students quickly find strategies that are effective in scaffolding development and learning across a variety of domains and content areas.
    • Focuses on culture, language, and inclusion.
      • UPDATED: This edition features the most current research on dual-language learning, and many specific examples of intentional, effective strategies for teaching diverse students. See Chapters 1, 6, 7, 12 and 13, and additional examples throughout the text.
      • UPDATED: Lens features focus on culture, language, and including all children. These features discuss practices through diverse lenses, asking students to look at questions from a broader perspective. Language Lens features are updated with research-based classroom practices for effectively teaching dual-language learners. See the Special Features page at the end of the Table of Contents to see the topic of each of these Lens features.
    • EXPANDED: Discusses the classroom implications of current research on brain development and executive function. Updated discussions include examples of effective practices for children with diverse abilities, particularly children with autism spectrum disorders. See Chapters 1, 4, and throughout the book.
    • REVISED: Details developmentally appropriate ways to integrate technology into practice. Each opening chapter vignette has been revised to include examples of how digital media can be integrated in a developmentally appropriate way. Examples are included in every chapter.
  • Connections between curriculum and child development.
    • Emphasizes the essential role of play in children’s development and across the curriculum.
      • An emphasis on the role of play ensures readers learn intentional teaching strategies for effectively using play in a teaching and learning context. Each chapter discusses play and includes a Promoting Play feature.
      • NEW: Promoting Play features in every chapter help students understand the important role that play has in development. Specific examples demonstrate how teachers can use play to support children’s development and learning.
    • Showcases observation and assessment tools in action and how assessment, curriculum, and teaching are related. Assessment is discussed in relation to standards such as Common Core, Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, and state early learning standards. Chapter 11 contains this content, with additional examples found throughout the text.
    • Illustrates how child development and curriculum content knowledge are connected.
      • Chapters 4-6 and 12-15  focus on helping students understand how child development knowledge pertains to curriculum planning.
      • Developmental Continuum features provide an overview of the continuum of learning and how child development relates to curriculum planning.
    • Details the positive and negative impacts of the Common Core State Standards.
      • REVISED: An updated Chapter 3, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, helps students apply principles of DAP in relation to Common Core State Standards and other accountability initiatives. Content on developmentally appropriate learning environments, materials, and schedules are now included in this chapter.
      • NEW: Sections on the implications of the Common Core State Standards for curriculum and teaching are included in Chapter 10 on planning curriculum, Chapter 11 on assessment, Chapter 12 on language and literacy, and Chapter 13 on mathematics.

 

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