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ISBN-13 9780132980524ISBN-10 0132980525
ISBN-10 0132853337ISBN-13 9780132853330
Author(s): Sue Bredekamp
Publisher: Pearson
Copyright year: © 2014 Pages: 600

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For introductory courses in early childhood education.

Written by one of the foremost experts in the field, this essential text provides the building blocks for understanding effective practices in early childhood education with a solid framework for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, preparing and empowering students to become the type of teachers that enhance young children’s learning and development positively and effectively.

Birth to Age Eight.  Early childhood educators join the profession and remain in the role because they believe that their work can and will make a difference in children’s lives and education. To prepare them, Sue Bredekamp has written the book that she wishes she had when she was learning about young children.  By building on the basic framework of developmentally appropriate practice, covered in an entire chapter, the text goes beyond it by weaving in three core themes: intentional teaching, challenging and interesting curriculum, and evidence-based, effective practices for a new generation of early childhood educators. The chapters cover the necessary content required in an introductory course, including unique chapters not typically found--on D.A.P. and one on effective teaching practices, plus four chapters focused on content areas. The chapter sequence is organized according to NAEYC’s guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice, to which the author has expertly contributed for over 30 years. The overall organization provides a conceptual framework on which later learning can be built, one that is applicable across the diverse settings in which early education occurs—child care centers and homes, preschools, kindergarten, and primary grades.