In an accessible and meaningful way, Early Childhood Education examines foundational topics that encourage early childhood education students to think, reflect, and develop opinions, theories, and philosophies about their field. This interactive book invites the reader to develop a personal philosophy of early childhood education and an identity as an early educator, in order to build a sufficient foundation for continual growth as a teacher.
Divided into three sections that deal with the past, present, and future, Early Childhood Education asks the reader to think about important ideas underlying and encompassing today’s early childhood education. First providing historical and philosophical perspectives of the field, authors Krogh and Slentz then look at careers in early education and what it's like to be a teacher or caregiver today, compare and contrast contemporary models of early childhood education, and examine cultural and individual differences that confront and challenge teachers. Finally, the book looks to the future of the field and discusses debates of current issues. The newly updated edition includes the most contemporary issues in the field since the first edition and integrates further discussion of diversity and children with special needs throughout the entire book.
- End of chapter questions invite readers to develop an ongoing philosophy of teaching and learning.
- "Extending your Learning" activities provide opportunities for further discussion and debate.
- Glossary and Internet Resources offer important tools for the early childhood education student.
Table of Contents
Part I: Yesterday
1. Perspectives on History and Theory
Part II: Today
2. Early Childhood Education: Contemporary Perspectives on the Profession
3. How Theoretical Perspectives Shape Early Education: Selected Models
4. Diversity in Early Childhood Settings
Part III: Tomorrow
5. Issues that will Shape the Future
Appendix A: Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment
Appendix B: DEC Code of Ethics
Suzanne L. Krogh is Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Western Washington University.
Kristine L. Slentz is Professor of Special Education at Western Washington University.
"Early Childhood Education is concise and easy to read. Covering philosophical approaches, history, and topics critical to current practices in the field, this book helps students understand the background and various approaches of the field that will help shape their beliefs."
--Karen Roth, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, National-Louis University