This text was written to give students experience in using effective methods for observing young children's development (ages 0-8) and documenting their observations.
Designed to guide students' participation with children of different age groups in a variety of early childhood settings, the text encourages students to interact with children as they learn more about development by carrying out the activities outlined in each chapter.
This text models the educational approaches that professionals advocate for early childhood classrooms: observational learning, active learning, guided discovery, choice, mini-lessons and cooperative learning. These approaches are incorporated into this text through concise overviews and numerous activities related to early childhood development and education.
1. The Role of Observation and Participation in Early Childhood Education.
2. Methods for Recording Observations of Young Children's Behavior.
3. Caring for Infants and Observing Them in Home and Group-Care Settings.
4. Exploring the World of Toddlers.
5. Interacting with Preschool Children in Group Settings.
6. Living and Learning with Kindergarten Children.
7. Work and Play in the Primary Grades.
8. Working with Families of Young Children.
9. Curriculum and the Young Child.
Appendix A. A Time-Sampling Technique for Evaluating Infant/Toddler Programs.
Appendix B. Playground Improvement Rating Scale.
Appendix C. Ways to Increase Positive Social Interaction among Children.
Appendix D. Web Sites Related to Early Childhood Education.
Development in Early Childhood (Early Childhood Education)
Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Early Childhood Education)