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Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood by Ann Miles Gordon

By Ann Miles Gordon

The first power of BEGINNINGS AND past, eighth version, is its mix of simplicity and intensity. In a transparent and easy-to-understand variety, the book's 5 sections lay out simple questions any scholar of early adolescence schooling would need responded. while, the chapters current key techniques, the most recent study, and sensible examples in order that questions are completely spoke back. insurance of the present Developmentally applicable Practices (DAP) are woven during the textual content and highlighted by way of new margin icons and DAP footnotes for simple reference. range and improvement also are built-in through the textual content, permitting 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 an editorial by means of an educator that highlights a correct subject, exhibiting scholars of early early life schooling that there are lots of authoritative and skilled voices to profit from, either from the previous and current. eventually, via its tone, various visuals, and punctiliously crafted pedagogy, the publication is offered to and respectful of readers with a number of talents and studying types.

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The purpose of education, he claimed, is to make man a reasoning creature. A working knowledge of the Bible and a counting ability sufficient to conduct business was the fundamental education required of adults, so children were taught those basics. Locke suggested that such instruction should be pleasant, with playful activities, as well as drills. Locke’s influence on education was not felt strongly at the time. Later, however, his best ideas, such as the notion that the teacher must work through the senses to help children reach understanding, were popularized by Rousseau.

One model, patterned after the first psychological laboratory in Leipzig, Germany, in 1879, was formed to train psycholo- History of Early Childhood Education gists in the systematic training of child study. This model adopted a scientific approach to the study of human beings, as the field of psychology itself attempted to become more like the biologic sciences. The second approach, like the Butler School of Hampton Institute and later Spelman College, was established primarily for training teachers.

Families from the Pacific Islands stress the connection to family, as well as the importance of respecting one’s elders. Early education practices have been influenced by many of these perspectives. For instance, understanding and accepting each child’s family and cultural perspectives includes a working knowledge of the variations in attitudes and child-rearing practices. Learning about nontraditional cultures and behaviors has become critical for professional teachers to honor diversity both in the classroom and in the larger societal context (see Chapters 3 and 9–15).

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