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Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (Naeyc (Series), #234.)
More than a half a million early childhood educators, other professionals, decision makers, and parents have read the previous edition of this book. This newer edition resulted from nearly a decade of lively discussion, ongoing research, and a broader base of experience following the first edition.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published January 1st 1997 by Natl Assn for the Education
(first published June 1987)
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I actually read the third edition of this, so there might be some minor differences. Basically, both the Head Start program I work for and my college courses consider this book to be the bible of my educational existence. Not much arguing with that, huh? I really like how informative this book is and appreciate the low amount of filler involved. Still, there are things that are vague within the guidelines, making for possible confusion or disagreement. That said, there is freedom in the ...more
This book covers a broad range of programs - not just programs for libraries. But the concerns over curriculum, gaps based on economic status and race, and things like that are background issues I'm very glad to be aware of (well no, I'm terribly sad to be aware of them because that means they *exist*). My background in early childhood education is limited so this is helping me feel more prepared in that realm and to realize how these issues affect and can inform my own program here at the ...more
Every single book that I have read on early childhood education cites this book in some way for some reason. By thumbing through it, anyone can probably understand why. Dr. Bredekamp and Dr. Copple present the most transprent how-to manual ever for distinguising between proper and improper teaching methods in an early childhood classroom. EVERY early childhood teacher should have this book. It is affectionately known as "The Bredekamp book", "Developmentally Appropriate Practice", and "DAP".