A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children
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A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children



© 2010 | 208 pages | Corwin

"This book helps the practicing educator turn research into seamless classroom practice. The practice exercises can be implemented immediately to help build student success."
—Katina Keener, Science/Social Studies Teacher, T. C. Walker Elementary School, Gloucester, VA

Launch young learners on positive pathways through school!

The early school years provide critical opportunities for children to develop foundational skills and positive attitudes toward learning. This book, the first in the Classroom Insights from Educational Psychology series, gives current and prospective PreK–3 teachers valuable insight into how young children feel, think, and learn.

Denise H. Daniels and Patricia K. Clarkson show how current research and theory from educational psychology can be applied to create a child-centered learning environment and to develop best practices for instruction. Readers will gain a deeper understanding of:

  • How children develop from the early years to middle childhood
  • The importance of fostering positive teacher-child, child-child, and caregiver-child relationships
  • Developmentally appropriate classroom practices that foster learning
  • Children's experiences with technology and outdoor environments

Vignettes and case studies, practice exercises, suggested games, and reflection questions make A Developmental Approach to Educating Young Children a valuable asset in helping teachers design stimulating learning experiences for young children.

 

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Preface to the Classroom Insights from Educational Psychology Series
 
Introduction
 
1. Developmental Perspectives and Educational Practice: Viewing Children and Teachers in the Big Picture
 
2. Early School Adjustment: Fostering Adjustment and Self-Regulation
 
3. The Primacy of Relationships in the Early School Years: Fostering Relationships
 
4. Developmentally Appropriate Classroom Practices: Fostering Learning in the Classroom
 
5. Learning in Digital and Natural Environments: Connecting Learning Out of the Classroom
 
Conclusion: Guiding Children on Positive Developmental Pathways Through School
 
Resources
Resource A. Tools for Reflection and Improvement  
Resource B. Professional Organizations and Model Programs  
Resource C. Recommended Reading  
Resource D. Glossary  
 
References
 
Index

"This encouraging book presents currently recommended teaching methods based on educational research and philosophy. It should be used in classrooms and teacher preparation programs to operationalize developmentally appropriate practice and to help teachers incorporate such practices into the testing culture that is a reality in today’s classrooms.”

Carole S. Campbell, Educational Consultant
Higher Ground Educational Consulting

“This book helps the practicing educator turn research into seamless classroom practice. The practice exercises can be implemented immediately to help build student success.”

Katina Keener, Science/Social Studies Teacher
T.C. Walker Elementary School, Gloucester, VA

“The practical applications are great!”

Yolanda Abel, Assistant Professor
Johns Hopkins University

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