1st Edition

Grit, Resilience, and Motivation in Early Childhood
Practical Takeaways for Teachers

ISBN 9781138085770
Published October 1, 2018 by Routledge
210 Pages

USD $35.95

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Book Description

Grit, Resilience, and Motivation in Early Childhood moves past current media buzz about grit, resilience, and motivation as proverbial silver bullets and provides early childhood educators with a much-needed focus on developmentally appropriate activities and expectations related to those terms. Illustrated with classroom case studies, caregiver and community resources, and teacher behaviors, this powerful guide presents practical applications for educators to more deeply understand the research that will strengthen and support young children.

Table of Contents

    1. What’s Going On Here? 2. Constructing an Understanding of Grit 3. Constructing an Understanding of Resilience 4. Constructing an Understanding of Motivation 5. Risk Factors: Poverty and the Environment 6. Risk Factors: Race, Gender, and Disability 7. Awareness of Self 8. Responsibility for Others 9.Advocacy and Action

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    Lisa B. Fiore, Ph.D., is a professor of Early Childhood Education and Director of the Child Homelessness Initiative at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


    "Lisa Fiore’s confidence in young children is a powerful antidote to an increasingly toxic educational milieu where young children’s ways of being are too often dismissed as "soft" and non-cognitive. At turns soulful and scientific, this profound-yet-practical call to action invites caregivers, above all, to be in relationship with the growing child. With clarity and compassion, honed from her decades as a psychologist, educator, and observer of human development, Fiore shows us how."

    —Erika Christakis, author of The Importance of Being Little: What Young Children Really Need From Grownups