Professional Development and Quality in Early Childhood Education

Comparative European Perspectives

Professional Development and Quality in Early Childhood Education

Author: Athanasios Gregoriadis,Vasilis Grammatikopoulos,Evridiki Zachopoulou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 331964212X

Page: 145

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This book provides a global overview of developments and discussion around the evaluation of quality of early childhood education environments, and the professional development of early childhood teachers, during the last decade. It reports on the Early Change project, a European-funded research project with the participation of six European countries: Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Portugal, and Romania; and offers an in-depth view on the perspectives of early childhood teachers regarding their professional development and the quality of early childhood education environment. Additionally, it discusses the policies and educational framework supporting the professional development of early childhood teachers across Europe. Finally, it proposes an alternative way to integrate the use of observational rating scales of early childhood education environments’ quality in teachers’ professional development. Presenting up-to-date scholarly research on global trends, this is an easily accessible, practical, yet scholarly source of information for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.
Categories: Education

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education

Building a Foundation

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education

Author: Sue Bredekamp

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780135177372

Page: 576

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Provide the building blocks for understanding effective practices in early childhood education Inspired by her own classroom experiences, Sue Bredekamp designed Revel Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation to empower a new generation of teachers who can make a difference in children's lives. An entire chapter introduces readers to developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for early childhood education. Subsequent chapters are organized according to the NAEYC guidelines, which Bredekamp has co-authored for over 30 years. Building on the DAP framework, Bredekamp focuses on three themes that are essential to quality teaching: intentional teaching, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and evidence-based, effective practices. The 4th Edition introduces a new theme, the importance of developing children's executive function, self-regulation, and positive approaches to learning. Expanded discussions of ways to support and protect the role of play in children's education, a completely revised chapter on STEM teaching and learning, and a greater focus on culturally responsive curriculum keep readers up to date on the dynamic field of early education. Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition is also available via Revel(TM), an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience.
Categories: Child development

Handbook of Early Childhood Education

Handbook of Early Childhood Education

Author: Robert C. Pianta,Susan M. Sheridan

Publisher: Guilford Publications

ISBN: 1462523730

Page: 634

View: 8495

Comprehensive and authoritative, this forward-thinking book reviews the breadth of current knowledge about early education and identifies important priorities for practice and policy. Robert C. Pianta and his associates bring together foremost experts to examine what works in promoting all children's school readiness and social-emotional development in preschool and the primary grades. Exemplary programs, instructional practices, and professional development initiatives?and the systems needed to put them into place?are described. The volume presents cutting-edge findings on the family and social context of early education and explores ways to strengthen collaboration between professionals and parents.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Quality Measurement in Early Childhood Settings

Quality Measurement in Early Childhood Settings

Author: Martha J. Zaslow

Publisher: Paul H Brookes Publishing Company

ISBN: 9781598571615

Page: 431

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A comprehensive resource on measuring quality in both center- and home-based settings, this book brings together more than 50 early childhood experts to establish what's working in quality measurement and how it can be strengthened to support better programs and optimal child development. Readers will explore specific approaches to measuring the quality of factors that affect school readiness, including supports for early language and literacy development math and science curricula and instruction environmental supports for social and emotional competence health-related factors such as nutrition and safety family sensitive child care cultural responsiveness services for children with disabilities To help them measure these factors accurately, readers will get critical analyses of dozens of assessment measures, plus an exclusive inside look at promising new tools. Martha Zaslow, Ph.D., is Director, Society for Research in Child Development Office for Policy and Communications, Washington, D.C., and Senior Scholar, Child Trends, Washington, D.C. Ivelisse Martinez-Beck, Ph.D., is Senior Social Science Research Analyst and Child Care Research Coordinator; Division of Child and Family Development; Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, Washington, D.C. Kathryn Tout, Ph.D., is Codirector of Early Childhood Research, Child Trends, Washington, D.C. Tamara Halle, Ph.D., are Codirectors of Early Childhood Research, Child Trends, Washington, D.C.
Categories: Education

Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program

Developing and Administering a Child Care and Education Program

Author: Dorothy Sciarra,Anne Dorsey,Ellen Lynch,Shauna Adams

Publisher: Cengage Learning

ISBN: 1111833389

Page: 464

View: 7621

This text is used primarily at the community college level, but also in 4-year institutions, for the ECE Administration course. This text was written primarily for students of early childhood education whether or not they plan to enter the administrative aspects of the field. The text is a rich source of updated information for practicing directors. Readers are introduced to a total range of administrative demands in different types of early childhood education centers. Important Notice: Media content referenced within the product description or the product text may not be available in the ebook version.
Categories: Family & Relationships

Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care

Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care

Author: Cathy Nutbrown

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446210189

Page: 192

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Lecturers, why waste time waiting for the post to arrive? Click on the above icon and receive your e-inspection copy today! This new edition of Cathy Nutbrown's much loved book explains the key ideas and issues in Early Childhood clearly and concisely, keeping students up-to-date with the latest developments in the field. There are brand new entries on: - Attachment - Babies' learning and development - Children's Centres - Citizenship - Digital Technologies - Early Years Foundation Stage - Early Years Professional Status - Neuroscience - Sexualities The rest of the book has also been thoroughly updated and revised, and includes coverage of heuristic play, Early Literacy Development and Parental Involvement. The book offers starting points which provide a clear focus, further reading and discussion of research on thirty-five key topics. It is a must for students following courses in early childhood education and care. Professor Cathy Nutbrown directs and teaches on Masters and Doctoral programmes in Early Childhood Education at the University of Sheffield.
Categories: Education

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Slovak Republic 2012

Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Slovak Republic 2012

Author: Taguma Miho,Litjens Ineke,Makowiecki Kelly

Publisher: OECD Publishing

ISBN: 9264175652

Page: 62

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This series of reports on early childhood education and care suggests strengths and point to areas for further reflection on current policy initiatives. This report on the Slovak Republic focuses on improving workforce qualifications, training and working conditions.

The Early Years Matter

Education, Care, and the Well-Being of Children, Birth to 8

The Early Years Matter

Author: Marilou Hyson,Heather Biggar Tomlinson

Publisher: Teachers College Press

ISBN: 0807773107

Page: 179

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This accessible and engaging work introduces current and future teachers, child care providers, and others interested in early childhood education to the importance of the early years in children’s well-being and success. It summarizes the research on the value of high-quality services for young children, families, and society, showing why early education matters both today and into the future. Emphasizing the need to understand and respect young children’s strengths and unique characteristics, the authors offer inspiration for working in the field, as well as addressing the realistic challenges of implementing developmentally appropriate care and education. Each chapter begins with an introductory vignette focused on one child whose experiences are typical of other children in the same age group or life circumstances, using that child’s experiences to draw out what the best research tells us about why early care and education matters for that group of children. The book also features first-person narratives by early childhood professionals working in a range of positions who offer insight into the complexity and joys of working with or on behalf of young children. Suggestions for further reading and concluding questions for reflection, dialogue, and action make The Early Years Matter a perfect resource for courses and professional development. “Hyson and Tomlinson do not simply provide a straightforward and comprehensive view of early childhood education; they humanize it through the experiences of children, families, and early childhood professionals. They leave the reader with a clear understanding of the myriad of ways in which high-quality early childhood education programs matter in the early years, and they matter a lot.” —From the Foreword by Jacqueline Jones “This book does a remarkable job of inviting future and current practitioners further into the world of the early childhood profession. It provides clear, interesting, and succinct overviews of issues critical for those working in early childhood to understand, weaving in the most recent developments in research, policy, and practice in accessible ways. Each section of the book also literally puts a face on a selected issue, inviting readers to meet a child and family experiencing the issue, as well as colleagues focusing on it in their work. The Early Years Matter is engaging—both a pleasure to read and effective in welcoming readers to take part in work of great significance.” —Martha Zaslow, director, Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Office for Policy and Communications
Categories: Education

Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care

Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Sstew Scale for 2-5 Year-olds Provision

Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Education and Care

Author: Iram Siraj,Denise Kingston,Edward Melhuish

Publisher: Trentham Books Limited

ISBN: 9781858566580

Page: 62

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The sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being (SSTEW) scale is designed to consider some of the intentional and relational pedagogical strategies strongly associated with child outcomes. It considers practice that supports children aged between two and five years of age in developing skills in sustained shared thinking and emotional well-being, as well as developing strong relationships, effective communication and aspects of self-regulation. It is designed to be used for research, self-evaluation and improvement, audit and regulation.Using the SSTEW scale alongside other environment scales (including ECERS-E, ECERS-R or ITERS-R) gives users a more complete picture of what high-quality early childhood education and care can look like. It is aspirational in that it considers high quality pedagogy and practice. It can be used by researchers, heads of centres, managers, teaching staff and practitioners, as well as advisory staff and in professional development.
Categories: Education