Who Am I in the Lives of Children? An Introduction to Early Childhood Education, 12th edition

Published by Pearson (September 3, 2022) © 2023

  • Stephanie Feeney
  • Eva Moravcik
  • Sherry Nolte


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For introduction to early childhood education courses.

A child-centered approach to early childhood education

Who Am I in the Lives of Children? takes a constructivist approach to early childhood education (birth to grade 3) that speaks to each child's strengths and challenges. Personal stories and real children's artifacts are paired with research-based principles and strategies. Readers will learn how to support each child's learning in ways that are in harmony with who they are, rather than a predetermined plan.

The 12th Edition includes new research, discussions of the impact of COVID-19, practice features, and updated NAEYC standards. Enhanced content focuses on equity and inclusiveness.

Hallmark features of this title

  • Authentic samples of children's work and photos of actual classrooms illustrate how children learn.
  • Practical classroom strategies include golden rules for teaching, ideas to connect with families, and checklists for planning, observation and assessment.
  • Real-world vignettes bring common education and care scenarios to life.
  • Reflect On helps teachers connect the reading to their own lives, better enabling them to relate to their future students.
  • Ethical Dilemmas offer guidelines to resolve classroom conflicts using the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
  • End-of-chapter projects offer engaging ways to apply the material, including guidance on creating a professional portfolio.

New and updated features of this title

  • NEW: Discussion of the impacts of COVID-19 and the best ways to develop and maintain programs that meet the needs of young children and their families moving forward.
  • UPDATED: NAEYC Professional Preparation Standards in each chapter encourage students to relate the material to the 2020 standards used in the field today.
  • UPDATED: Focus on equity ensures that the discussion is inclusive of all people, examining issues surrounding race, socioeconomic status, national origin, gender and gender identity.
  • NEW: Including All Children features provide information to help teachers build relationships with children and families from diverse circumstances and backgrounds.
  • NEW: In Practice features offer practical suggestions for engaging children in classroom activities, routines and interactions.

The LMS-Compatible Assessment Bank streamlines assessments and grading

  • NEW: Learning outcome quizzes and application exercises can be assigned from a packaged file. Questions give students feedback and model responses based on their answers.

Features of Pearson eText for the 12th Edition

  • Video Examples, including authentic classroom videos and interviews with experts in the field, expand on principles or concepts in each chapter, helping put the reading into context.
  • An Interactive Glossary lets students quickly build their professional vocabulary as they read.

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