1st Edition

Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education

ISBN 9780415736763
Published August 5, 2015 by Routledge
412 Pages

USD $140.00

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Book Description

This handbook synthesizes both contemporary research and best practices in early childhood teacher education, a unique segment of teacher education defined by its focus on child development, the role of the family, and support for all learners. The first volume of its kind, the Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education provides comprehensive coverage on key topics in the field, including the history of early childhood teacher education programs, models for preparing early childhood educators, pedagogical approaches to supporting diverse learners, and contemporary influences on this quickly expanding area of study.

Appropriate for early childhood teacher educators as well as both pre- and in-service teachers working with children from birth through 8, this handbook articulates the unique features of early childhood teacher education, highlighting the strengths and limitations of current practice as based in empirical research. It concludes by charting future directions for research with an aim to improve the preparation of early childhood educators.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables

Foreword by Francis O’Connell Rust

Introduction by Leslie J. Couse & Susan L. Recchia


Section I: Context, History, and Public Policy of Early Childhood Teacher Education

Chapter 1. 21st Century Early Childhood Teacher Education: New Frames for a Shifting Landscape by Rebecca S. New

Chapter 2. History of Early Childhood Teacher Education by Blythe Farb Hinitz, & Betty Liebovich, with Charlotte Jean Anderson

Chapter 3. Public Policy and Workforce in Early Childhood Education by W. Steven Barnett & Shannon Riley-Ayers

Chapter 4. Beyond the Status Quo: Rethinking Professional Development for Early Childhood Teachers by Pamela J. Winton, Patricia Snyder, & Stacie G. Goffin

Chapter 5. Accreditation and Patterns of Licensure: Achieving the Potential by Marilou Hyson & Marica Mitchell

Section II: The Knowledge Base of Early Childhood Teacher Education

Chapter 6. Preparing Teachers for Infant Care and Education by Susan L. Recchia

Chapter 7. The Simplicity of Complexity: Early Childhood Teacher Education for Pre-K and Kindergarten (PRE-K/K) by Doris Pronin Fromberg

Chapter 8. What’s Research Got to Do with It?: Moving Theory into Practice in Grades 1-3 by Sam Oertwig, Adam Holland, Gisele Crawford, Sharon Ritchie, & Nitasha Clark

Chapter 9. What Teachers Need to Know: Family Centered Practice by Douglas R. Powell & Sara A. Schmitt

Chapter 10. What Teachers Need to Know: Professional Ethics by Nancy K. Freeman & Stephanie Feeney

Section III: Models/Approaches to Early Childhood Teacher Education

Chapter 11. Pathways to Early Childhood Teacher Preparation by Eun Kyeong Cho

Chapter 12. Reimagining Teacher Education to Attract and Retain the Early Childhood Workforce: Addressing the Needs of the "Nontraditional" Student by Vicki Garavuso

Chapter 13. Preservice Early Childhood Teacher Education by Sharon Ryan & Megan Gibson

Chapter 14. Field Experiences in the Preparation of Early Childhood Teachers by Karen LaParo

Chapter 15. Teacher Inquiry and Professional Development by Kathryn Castle

Section IV: Pedagogical Approaches that Prepare Teachers to Support Diverse Learners

Chapter 16. Preparing Teachers to Support Transition and Bridge Discontinuity for Children and Families by Beth Rous & Helena Mawdsley

Chapter 17. Addressing the Needs of Young Children with Diverse Abilities and Developmental Differences by Leslie J. Couse

Chapter 18. "My Mommy Doesn’t Speak English": Supporting Children as Emergent Bilinguals by Celia Genishi & Tara Lencl

Chapter 19. Multiculturally Sustaining Early Childhood Pedagogy by Mariana Souto-Manning & Ranita Cheruvu

Chapter 20. A Social Justice Approach to Diverse Families by Beatrice S. Fennimore

Section V: Contemporary Influences in Early Childhood Teacher Education

Chapter 21. Emerging Role of Technology to Support Early Childhood Pedagogy by Claire E. Hamilton & Ellen Edge

Chapter 22. Promising Practices in Early Childhood Teacher Assessment by Faiza M. Jamil & Robert C. Pianta

Chapter 23. Globalization: International Perspectives on Early Childhood Teacher Education by James L. Hoot, Fortidas Rwehumbiza Bakuza, Masoud Gholamali Lavasani, Sungok R. Park, Maryam Sharifian, & Tunde Szecsi

Chapter 24. Alternative Perspectives on Early Childhood Teacher Education: Shifting Pedagogies by J. Amos Hatch

Chapter 25. Future Directions for Early Childhood Teacher Education by Leslie J. Couse & Susan L. Recchia

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Leslie J. Couse is Associate Professor of Education at the University of New Hampshire, USA, and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth College, USA.

Susan L. Recchia is Professor of Education, Co-coordinator of the Program in Integrated Early Childhood Education, and Faculty Director of the Rita Gold Early Childhood Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, USA.