Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation, 5th edition

Published by Pearson (April 22, 2023) © 2024

  • Sue Bredekamp
  • Gail E. Joseph University of Washington


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For courses in early childhood education (birth through age 8).

Provide the building blocks for educating young children

Sue Bredekamp designed Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education to provide a new generation of teachers with the essential understanding of both developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) and effective curriculum to ensure equitable opportunity for every child to reach their full potential. Chapters are organized according to the NAEYC guidelines, which Bredekamp has coauthored for over 35 years.

The 5th Edition reflects the new NAEYC position statement, illustrating both enduring practices and changes based on new knowledge, current context and emerging issues.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Becoming an Intentional Teacher features help readers understand how and why teachers select the strategies that they do.
  • Compelling case studies introduce key points in each chapter. Cases are revisited to help students better understand the content and reflect on their learning.
  • What Works shows teachers how current research-based practices are applied in action.
  • Promoting Play highlights research on the essential role of play in development, and ways to help children learn through play or protect their right to play.
  • Developmental Continuum and Learning Trajectory tables clearly show how children's development is linked to curriculum planning.
  • Observe, Reflect, Apply features bring the classroom experience to life using authentic artifacts of children's work.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW/UPDATED: Developmentally appropriate practices build on the latest NAEYC's guidelines, with new explanations, practices, examples and vignettes that demonstrate considerations for intentional decision-making.
  • NEW: Equity Reflections features and examples in each chapter engage readers in deeper thinking of the actions they may take to advance equity, embrace diversity, and foster inclusion.
  • NEW: Information on trauma-informed care and education shows effective strategies for helping children build resilience to stressors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • NEW/UPDATED: Strengths-based focus on individual differences among children recognizes that identified disabilities or suspected delays are unique strengths and assets to be built upon.
  • NEW/UPDATED: Sections explore culturally responsive curriculum and effective practices for teaching dual and multi-language learners. A new case study, vignettes and artifacts show how a school achieves its vision of multilingualism, multiculturalism, educational excellence and whole-child development.

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  • Learning objective quizzes and application exercises are included in an LMS-compatible packaged file. Questions give students feedback and model responses based on their answers.

Features of Pearson+ eTextbook for the 5th Edition

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    1. Continuity and Change in Early Childhood Education
    2. Early Childhood Education in Historical Context
    3. Understanding and Applying Developmentally Appropriate Practice
    4. Applying What We Know about Children's Development and Learning
    5. Adapting for Individual Differences
    6. Embracing Cultural and Linguistic Diversity and Advancing Equity
    7. Building Effective, Reciprocal Partnerships with Families
    8. Creating a Caring, Equitable Community of Learners: Guiding Young Children
    9. Teaching to Enhance Learning and Development
    10. Planning and Implementing Effective, Engaging Curriculum
    11. Observing and Assessing Children's Learning and Development
    12. Teaching Children to Communicate: Language, Literacy, and the Arts
    13. Teaching Children to Investigate and Solve Problems: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
    14. Teaching Children to Live in a Democratic Society: Social and Emotional Learning and Social Studies
    15. Teaching Children to Be Healthy and Fit: Physical Development and Health
    16. Putting It All Together in Practice: Making a Difference for Children

About our authors

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, 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 35 years. As NAEYC's Director of Accreditation and Professional Development, she developed and administered their national accreditation system for early learning programs, and wrote standards for curriculum and assessment, and teacher education. She co-authored Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children and taught HeadsUp! Reading, a live distance learning course on early literacy to more than 10,000 educators.

Dr. Bredekamp co-chaired The National Academies of Science Committee on A New Vision for High Quality Pre-K Curriculum. 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. The McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership at National Louis University recognized Dr. Bredekamp with its Visionary Leadership Award. The Center on Enhancing Early Learning Outcomes (CEELO) named Dr. Bredekamp as one of eleven Pioneers in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Bredekamp 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 Hawai'i at Manoa.

Dr. Gail E. Joseph is the Bezos Family Professor of Early Learning, Early Childhood and Family Studies, Department of Education at the University of Washington. She teaches courses, advises students, provides service, and conducts research on early learning and equity, child care quality, teacher preparation, early childhood mental health, and school readiness. She is the Founding Executive Director of Cultivate Learning, a community-engaged research and professional learning hub, at the University of Washington and was the Director of the Head Start Center for Inclusion and Co-Director of the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning funded by the Office of Head Start. She is currently serving as Senior Director of Translational Science for the National Center for Early Child Development Teaching and Learning. At Cultivate Learning she oversees the quality ratings system for all licensed childcare and pre-K programs in the state of Washington and is the creator of numerous professional learning resources such as Circle Time Magazine and the Meaningful Makeover series. Additionally, she led the development of the University of Washington's first online B.A. completion degree in early care and education.

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