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Handbook of Response To Intervention In Early Childhood.

HANDBOOK OF RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION IN EARLY CHILDHOOD. Virginia Buysse & Ellen S. Peisner-Feinberg, Eds. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing, 2013. 488 pp. $56.95. This book endorses use of Response to Intervention (RtI) in the field of early childhood. Recognized authors in early childhood discuss the rationale for RtI from their particular areas of expertise. They make a case for how RtI complements and matches the way early childhood teachers recognize the importance of high-quality curriculum and instruction, as well as the importance of following research-based practices. RtI in early childhood has its roots in the public health prevention model of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention, as well as the K-12 RtI model of formative assessment informing instruction and selecting specific intervention strategies.

Although at the early stage in early childhood, RtI shows promise as it builds on the successes from those who have gone before as well as recent research from the developmental psychology field. The authors of the chapters give detailed accounts of the many different aspects of RtI, giving the reader a comprehensive picture from its beginning to current practices to future challenges. After reading this handbook, the early childhood professional will be well-informed and able to fully participate in the dialogue about RtI in early childhood. The content also helps the early childhood professional to bridge the gap between research and practice. This book is a must-read for everyone who works in the early childhood field and who wants to be on the cutting edge of research and practice. Reviewed by Janet S. Arndt, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Gordon College, Wenham, MA.

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Author:Arndt, Janet S.
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Nov 1, 2013
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