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Introduction to Early Childhood Education: A Developmental Perspective

By Marian C. Marion

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Dec 28, 2008


Covers Birth to Age 8. This new, concise introductory text helps pre-service teachers to first understand the basics of developmental domains  and then understand how to engage in intentional, developmentally appropriate interactions with young children, create environments for them, and implement curricular practices that will help them to learn and thrive. Taking a developmental approach, this first edition text with integrated technology explores both time-honored theories of early childhood development and current models and modern research in the field.


Part One of the text discusses the career options of early childhood professionals, the history of the field, and theories of childhood development. Part Two discusses how teachers support children’s emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development. The final section of the book explains how to use assessment and guidance to support children and how to implement developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom.  

Table of Contents

PART I: A Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education

            1: Early Childhood Professionals: Committed to the Whole Child

            2: Foundations and Programs

            3: Working with Diverse Families


PART II: Understanding Development

            4: Supporting Children’s Emotional Development

            5: Supporting Children’s Social Development

            6: Supporting Children’s Cognitive Development

            7: Supporting Children’s Physical Development


PART III: Using the Developmental Approach to Early Childhood Education

              8: Using Assessment to Support Children and Families

              9: Supporting Children with Guidance

            10: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum

            11: Early Childhood Environments

            12: Early Childhood Teachers: Lifelong Learners


Appendix: NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct


Author Index

Subject Index



Introduction to Early Childhood Education: A Developmental Perspective

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