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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Building a Philosophy for Teaching.



EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Building a Philosophy for Teaching. C. S. White & M. Coleman. Upper Saddle River Saddle River may refer to:
  • Saddle River, New Jersey, a borough in Bergen County, New Jersey
  • Saddle River (New Jersey), a tributary of the Passaic River in New Jersey
, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2000. 416 pp. $45.95. This unique early childhood education text takes the reader on a challenging journey toward developing a personal philosophy of teaching. Chapter 1 sets the stage for this task through vivid descriptions of four distinct types of philosophy: developmental, instructional, ecological, and humanistic hu·man·ist  
n.
1. A believer in the principles of humanism.

2. One who is concerned with the interests and welfare of humans.

3.
a. A classical scholar.

b. A student of the liberal arts.
. The authors then invite readers to write a draft of their initial teaching philosophy, upon which they can expand through written reflective exercises in subsequent chapters. For example, you might complete an assignment on teaching philosophy pertaining per·tain  
intr.v. per·tained, per·tain·ing, per·tains
1. To have reference; relate: evidence that pertains to the accident.

2.
 to "least restrictive environment As part of the U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, the least restrictive environment is identified as one of the six principles that govern the education of students with disabilities. " after reading the chapter on physical development. Each chapter thus builds upon the last.

Early Childhood Education is organized into four major sections. Section 1 carefully developed the text's philosophical, historical, and ecological frameworks. The chapters on philosophy building and social trends, policies and programs are particularly valuable and unique. Section 2 comprises the developmental chapters commonly found in introductory early childhood texts. A dynamic ecological focus on family development and family involvement in early childhood programs characterizes section 3. The authors present an exceptionally interesting chapter that describes various theoretical perspectives on family development; including systems, social exchange, life stages, and structural-functional perspectives. Section 4 includes important chapters on curriculum, classroom organization, behavior management behavior management Psychology Any nonpharmacologic maneuver–eg contingency reinforcement–that is intended to correct behavioral problems in a child with a mental disorder–eg, ADHD. See Attention-deficit-hyperactivity syndrome. , and assessment.

Timeliness and a particularly strong ecological framework set this book apart from other childhood education texts. The chapters on social issues and trends, educational policies and practices, and family and community considerations provide readers with a comprehensive world view essential for establishing a substantive philosophy of teaching. Reviewed by Harriet Field, Assistant Professor of Child and Youth Study, Mount Saint Vincent University Coordinates:  Mount Saint Vincent University is a university located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. , Halifax, Nova Scotia For other uses, see Halifax.
Halifax, Nova Scotia may refer to any of the following:
  • Halifax Regional Municipality, capital of Nova Scotia, Canada
 
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Title Annotation:Review
Author:Field, Harriet
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 22, 2001
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