EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Building a Philosophy for Teaching.
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, 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, Halifax, Nova Scotia
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|Date:||Mar 22, 2001|
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