Methods for Teaching in Early Education is a comprehensive textbook offering a thorough introduction to early childhood teaching methods, with a particular focus on inclusive practices.
Aligned with both NAEYC standards and CEC’s Division for Early Childhood recommended practices, this text explores various early childhood teaching principles and strategies, providing useful guidance for identifying and choosing between approaches. Covering topics from child-directed strategies to working with professionals in early childhood, the authors provide extensive support to prepare teachers for classroom planning and instruction. Each chapter opens and closes with representative vignettes of the challenges faced by today’s early educators, and helpfully highlights key terms and objectives to inform learning goals. With the addition of sample worksheets, suggested exercises and helpful references, this book fully supports future teachers in understanding how they might implement these strategies in practice.
Methods for Teaching in Early Education will prove indispensable for students of teaching methods courses in both general and special education programs, providing a comprehensive introduction to early childhood teaching strategies relevant for today’s inclusive classrooms.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Theoretical Approaches and General Guidance in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
Chapter 2: Considerations for Selecting Behaviors for Instruction
Chapter 3: Reinforcement, Rewards, and Praise
Chapter 4: Introduction to Teaching and Learning
Chapter 5: Planning and Monitoring
Chapter 6: Environmental Arrangement Strategies
Chapter 7: Child-Directed Strategies
Chapter 8: Introduction to Prompting Procedures and Time Delay
Chapter 9: Other Single Prompt Strategies
Chapter 10: Introduction to Prompting Hierarchies and the System of Least Prompts
Chapter 11: Other Prompting Procedures and Determining which Procedure to Use
Chapter 12: Procedural Variations for Increasing Learning
Chapter 13: Behavior Reduction Strategies
Chapter 14: Teaching throughout the School Day
Chapter 15: Working with Professionals in Early Childhood
Chapter 16: Specific Considerations for Coaching Families
Jennifer Ledford is Assistant Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, USA
Justin D. Lane is Assistant Professor of Special Education at the University of Kentucky, USA
Erin E. Barton is Associate Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University, USA
"This text by Ledford, Lane, and Barton fills a big void in resources for students studying young children with disabilities. This volume combines what we know about effective instruction, child development, data-based decision making, and inclusive education into a volume that is going to be an instant classic. I can’t wait to add it to my book shelf and my required reading lists." — Ilene Schwartz, University of Washington, USA
"Ledford, Lane, and Barton have produced a text that successfully infuses behavior analytic practice into the early childhood context and offers a wealth of evidence-based procedures using easy to read and example-rich descriptions. This is a powerful and pragmatic text for both teachers and the children they serve. Well done!" — Robert Pennington, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, USA
"Ledford, Lane, and Barton have filled a gap in the instructional literature with this text by providing readers with contemporary research on skill acquisition alongside clear, detailed explanations of how to implement procedures. This will be a foundational text for behavior analytic courses in skill acquisition for young children because of the clarity and thoroughness of the authors." — Kevin M. Ayres, The University of Georgia, USA.
"Methods for Teaching in Early Education is an invaluable resource for anyone working with young children, and especially young children with special needs. The systematic presentation of material mirrored by the equally systematic instructional methods will enhance practitioners’ understanding of recommended and developmentally appropriate practice, leading to improved outcomes for all children with whom they interact." — Brian Reichow, University of Florida, USA
"Ledford, Lane and Barton have produced the proverbial ‘lightning in a bottle’ with Methods for Teaching in Early Education. This volume is an elegant, coherent and accessible collection of evidence-based practices in action. If I had one choice for a text in teacher preparation in EC and ECSE this would be the clear winner." — Phillip Strain, University of Denver, USA