DECE 601 – INSIGHTS
INTRODUCTION TO EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
WITH PSYCHOLOGY AND GUIDANCE
Introduction to Early Childhood Education provides an introduction and overview of the field of early childhood education with an emphasis on historical influences, developmental theory, parenting perspectives, and the educational needs of young children. It also includes psychological study and analysis of preschool children, special study of personality factors in children, and emphasizes on guidance strategies for preschool children. It provides a comprehensive overview of early childhood education that is solidly based on current research and theories. Grounded in constructivist theory but also covering other perspectives, it focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, early elementary school children, and children with disabilities. It examines the curriculum and the fostering of creativity as well as physical, cognitive, language, and social development--every facet of early childhood education is examined and explained.
Early childhood education, the care and instruction of young children outside of the home, over the last half century has become a downward extension of schooling. It is now the first rung on the educational ladder. In many respects, however, this most recent addition to the pedagogical hierarchy is quite different from its elementary and secondary predecessors.
The early childhood curriculum is the most holistic and least differentiated at any level of education. It is also the most solidly grounded in philosophy, in clearly articulated methodology, and in theory and research. Those who contributed to the discipline of early childhood education came from occupations and professions outside the academic domain. What they had in common was an understanding of children. And that is what makes early childhood education unique; it starts with the child and not with the subject matter....
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