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Exploring your role: A Practitioner's Introduction to Early Childhood Education. (Professional Books).

EXPLORING YOUR ROLE: A Practitioner's Introduction to Early Childhood Education. M. R. Jalongo & J. P. Isenberg. Upper Saddle River Saddle River may refer to:
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, NJ: Merrill, 2000. 482 pp. $68.00. Tapping into their years of teaching young children in a wide variety of settings and their work with college students and teachers, these university professors have written an innovative textbook for beginning early childhood educators This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject.
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. In a pleasant deviation from the usual introductory textbook, the authors make the information interactive for readers. For example, students are encouraged to "pause and reflect or react" or "research and reflect."

Case materials at the start of each chapter set the tone for exploring educators' roles with children ages birth to 8. Readers are introduced to teachers working with three separate age groupings in section titled "Meet the Teachers." Each chapter features a realistic problem-solving scenario in which the authors focus on a child and highlight the views of three different professionals or family members. This approach helps students become acquainted with the importance of collaboration. Relevant field-tested, in-class workshops at the conclusion of each chapter add a useful application dimension.

The authors masterfully adapt the 12 diverse roles of contemporary early childhood educators identified by the National Association for the Education of Young Children The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is the largest nonprofit association in the United States representing early childhood education teachers, experts, and advocates in center-based and family day care.  as the practical basis for each chapter (e.g., "Exploring Your Child Advocacy Child advocacy refers to a range of individuals, professionals and advocacy organizations who promote the optimal development of children. An individual or organization engaging in advocacy typically seeks to protect children’s rights which may be abridged or abused in a  Role From a Historical Perspective" and "Exploring Your Role as a Child Development Specialist"). All chapters begin with specific student outcomes, rather than objectives, thereby adhering to current accreditation standards for teacher education programs.

An outstanding feature of this text is the highlighted expert testimony Testimony about a scientific, technical, or professional issue given by a person qualified to testify because of familiarity with the subject or special training in the field.  by leaders in the field, through which students can familiarize themselves with educators' thoughts on contemporary issues. Jalongo and Isenberg skillfully skill¬∑ful ¬†
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 relate theory, research, and practice in this easy-to-read, well-organized text, which welcomes early childhood practitioners to the profession. Reviewed by Susan A. Miller, Professor of Early Childhood Education, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown University of Pennsylvania is an American public university located in rural Kutztown, Berks County, Pennsylvania, and is one of fourteen schools that comprise the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and accredited by the Middle States Association of  
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Author:Miller, Susan A.
Publication:Childhood Education
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 22, 2001
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