Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood by Ann Miles Gordon, Kathryn Williams Browne

By Ann Miles Gordon, Kathryn Williams Browne

The first power of BEGINNINGS AND past, eighth version, is its mixture of simplicity and intensity. In a transparent and easy-to-understand sort, the book's 5 sections lay out easy questions any scholar of early youth schooling would wish responded. while, the chapters current key ideas, the newest examine, and useful examples in order that questions are completely replied. assurance of the present Developmentally acceptable Practices (DAP) are woven through the textual content and highlighted via new margin icons and DAP footnotes for simple reference. range and improvement also are built-in in the course of the textual content, allowing readers to appreciate that problems with age, gender, race/ethnicity, skill, and kin are a part of each point of educating and studying. each bankruptcy has a piece of writing by means of an educator that highlights a suitable subject, displaying scholars of early adolescence schooling that there are various authoritative and skilled voices to benefit from, either from the previous and current. ultimately, via its tone, various visuals, and thoroughly crafted pedagogy, the publication is available to and respectful of readers with a number skills and studying types.

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During the Revolutionary War, many Americans turned against slavery because of the principles of the natural rights of the individual, as embodied in the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. By the early 1800s, most northern owners had freed their slaves, although living conditions for them were generally poor. Because of the high economic value of children as future laborers, there was a certain level of care given to pregnant women and babies. Osborn (1991) tells of a nursery on a South Carolina plantation around 1850 in which … infants and small children were left in a small cabin while the mothers worked in the fields nearby.

He insisted on using concrete teaching materials, leaving the abstract and symbolism for later years. His call to naturalism transformed education in such a way that led educators to eventually focus more on the early years. For instance, he encouraged others to “sacrifice a little time in early childhood, and it will be repaid to you with usury when your scholar is older” (Emile, 1761). Pestalozzi, Froebel, and Montessori were greatly influenced by him. The theories of developmental stages, such as of Jean Piaget and Arnold Gesell (see Chapter 4), support Rousseau’s idea of natural development.

21 SECTION 1 What Is the Field of Early Childhood Education? Strongly influenced by John Dewey, she became a major contributor to the idea of “educational experiments,” that is, trying to plan with teachers the curriculum experiences that would then be observed and analyzed “for children’s reactions to the various learning situations [and] the new teaching techniques” (Mitchell, 1951). For instance, Mitchell suggested that teachers expand on what they knew of children’s “here-and-now” thinking by making … trips with kindergarteners to see how work was done—work that was closely tied up with their personal lives … the growth in thinking and attitudes of the teachers had moved far … toward the conception of their role as a guide as differentiated from a dispenser of information.

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