Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 4th edition

Published by Pearson (February 8, 2019) © 2020

  • Sue Bredekamp
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Sue Bredekamp designed Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education 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 coauthored for over 30 years.

The 4th Edition introduces a new theme, the importance of developing children's executive function, self-regulation and positive approaches to learning.

A focus on intentional teaching
  • Developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) are emphasized throughout the text. Chapters are organized according to the NAEYC’s guidelines to help students gain a strong foundation in DAP. (See Ch. 2, which overviews DAP principles and guidelines; Ch. 6, which discusses the critical role of social, cultural, and linguistic contexts on children's development and learning and how teachers must embrace a diverse society to help every child succeed in school and life; and Part 4, where each chapter demonstrates how the continuum of children’s development influences decisions about curriculum content and intentional, effective teaching strategies for children of different ages.)
  • Becoming an Intentional Teacher features help readers understand what teachers are thinking and how and why they select the strategies they do. (See the Easing Transitions through Developmentally Appropriate Practice box in Ch. 3 and the Working in Small Groups box in Ch.  9.)
  • Compelling case studies introduce the key points in each chapter. Cases are revisited at the end of the chapter to help students better understand the chapter content and reinforce their learning.
  • Observe, Reflect, Apply end-of-chapter features include authentic artifacts of children’s work to bring the classroom experience to life and engage teachers as they practice and apply their skills.
  • New - Digital media examples help teachers assess the potential benefits and risks of using technology in their classrooms and understand how to use it in developmentally appropriate ways. (See Chs. 7 and 9-13).
Current research on evidence-based, effective practices
  • Explores the classroom implications of current research on brain development and executive function
    • Updated - The important theme of developing children’s executive function, self-regulation, and positive approaches to learning is integrated throughout the book. (See the What Works: Strategies to Build Executive Function box in Ch. 9; and What Works: Using Tools of the Mind to Promote Executive Function box in Ch. 10.)   
    • New - Updated research on the brain and the impact of toxic stress on children’s development and learning is discussed, along with effective intervention strategies teachers can use to address challenging behavior in their own classrooms. (See Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8 and 14.)
  • Demonstrates effective practices in action
    • What Works features show teachers how current research is applied in practice.
    • Effective Practices summary tables help students quickly find strategies that are effective in scaffolding development and learning across a variety of domains and content areas.
  • Reflects the changing landscape and expanding knowledge base of early childhood education
    • Expanded - Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning are the new focus of the completely revised Chapter 13. New discussions and examples of engineering are included, and emphasis is placed on science standards and teaching practices.
    • Updated  - Chapter 1 addresses challenging issues such as adverse childhood experiences, stress in children’s and families’ lives, the opioid crisis, threats to children’s play, bullying, and social media.
    • New - Discussion of NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative and recommendations in the Institute of Medicine & National Research Council’s report on Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce help prospective teachers understand the efforts to increase the professional qualifications, effectiveness, and compensation of early childhood teachers. (See Chs. 1 and 16.)
  • Focuses on cultural diversity, dual-language learners, and children with diverse abilities
    • Language Lens features help readers understand dual-language learning and how to teach dual- or multi-language learners using proven teaching strategies.
    • Culture Lens features are designed to widen readers’ perspective to look at cultural and linguistic topics from varying perspectives.
    • Including All Children features describe effective inclusion and specific examples of teaching practices for children with special needs and disabilities.
Connections between curriculum and child development
  • Updated - Promoting Play features and chapter sections emphasize protecting children’s right to play especially in kindergarten, and the relationship of all play to child development and learning. (See the Promoting Play: Does Developmentally Appropriate Practice = Play? box in Ch. 3 and the Promoting Play: Playful Mathematics Curriculum box in Ch. 10)  
  • Developmental Continua features describe child development from birth through age 8 in specific domains with ways teachers can support development and learning in that domain or content area. (See Chs. 12-15).    

Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition is also available via Revel™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more about Revel.

Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.
Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education, 4th Edition is also available via Revel™, an interactive learning environment that enables students to read, practice, and study in one continuous experience. Learn more about Revel.
  • Digital media examples help teachers assess the potential benefits and risks of using technology in their classrooms and understand how to use it in developmentally appropriate ways. (See Chs. 7 and 9-13). 
  • The important theme of developing children’s executive function, self-regulation, and positive approaches to learning is integrated throughout the book. (See the What Works: Strategies to Build Executive Function box in Ch. 9; and What Works: Using Tools of the Mind to Promote Executive Function box in Ch. 10.)   
  • Updated research on the brain and the impact of toxic stress on children’s development and learning is discussed, along with effective intervention strategies teachers can use to address challenging behavior in their own classrooms. (See Chs. 1, 4, 5, 8 and 14.)
  • Chapter 1 addresses challenging issues such as adverse childhood experiences, stress in children’s and families’ lives, the opioid crisis, threats to children’s play, bullying, and social media.
  • Discussion of NAEYC’s Power to the Profession initiative and recommendations in the Institute of Medicine & National Research Council’s report on Transforming the Early Childhood Workforce help prospective teachers understand the efforts to increase the professional qualifications, effectiveness, and compensation of early childhood teachers. (See Chs. 1 and 16.)
  • Updated Promoting Play features and chapter sections emphasize protecting children’s right to play especially in kindergarten, and the relationship of all play to child development and learning. (See the Promoting Play: Does Developmentally Appropriate Practice = Play? box in Ch. 3 and the Promoting Play: Playful Mathematics Curriculum box in Ch. 10.)  
Check out the preface for a complete list of features and what's new in this edition.
  1. Continuity and Change in Early Childhood EducationBuilding on a Tradition of Excellence
  2. Understanding and Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  3. Applying What We Know about Children’s Learning and Development
  4. Adapting for Individual Differences
  5. Embracing a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse World
  6. Building Effective Partnerships with Families
  7. Creating a Caring Community of Learners: Guiding Young Children
  8. Teaching to Enhance Learning and Development
  9. Planning Effective Curriculum
  10. Assessing Children’s Learning and Development
  11. Teaching Children to Communicate: Language, Literacy, and the Arts
  12. Teaching Children to Investigate and Solve Problems: Mathematics, Science, and Technology
  13. Teaching Children to Live in a Democratic Society: Social-Emotional Learning and Social Studies
  14. Teaching Children to Be Healthy and Fit: Physical Development and Health
  15. Putting It All Together in Practice: Making a Difference for Children

About our author

Dr. Sue Bredekamp is an Early Childhood Education Specialist from Washington, DC. She serves as a consultant on curriculum, pedagogy, developmentally appropriate practice, and professional development for organizations such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Head Start, the Council for Professional Recognition, state departments of education, and universities. Her seminal work on NAEYC's best-selling publications on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs has had a major impact on the education of young children and teacher preparation for more than 30 years. As NAEYC's Director of Accreditation and Professional Development, she developed and administered their national accreditation system for early childhood centers and schools and wrote standards for curriculum and assessment and teacher education.

Dr. Bredekamp is a frequent keynote speaker and author of numerous books and articles on professional practice. She has been a visiting lecturer at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia; Monash University in Melbourne; New Zealand Tertiary College; University of Alaska and University of Hawaii. Dr. Bredekamp holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maryland. In 2014, the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University recognized Dr. Bredekamp with its Visionary Leadership Award.

Dr. Bredekamp serves as Chair-Emerita of the Board of HighScope Educational Research Foundation. She served on the National Research Council's (NRC) Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics which produced a landmark report, Mathematics in Early Childhood: Paths toward Excellence and Equity. She coauthored Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children and was the content developer and on-air faculty for HeadsUp! Reading, a live satellite television course on early literacy disseminated to more than 10,000 early educators. For more than 45 years, Dr. Bredekamp has worked for and with young children toward the goal of improving the quality and effectiveness of early childhood education programs.

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