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Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8 3rd Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1928896647
ISBN-10: 1928896642
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Pembroke Pub Ltd; 3 edition (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1928896642
  • ISBN-13: 978-1928896647
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By Reginald Williams on December 18, 2009
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With each new edition, this landmark title has served as the compass within the early childhood education professional discipline by deftly adjusting the lens and paradigm of knowledge, skills, and theory to accurately reflect how the succeeding generation of young children must be holistically nurtured. The first edition in 1987 introduced the concept (known implicitly if not explicitly within early childhood circles) of developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) to the greater education society and took a somewhat controversial, but evidence-supported, position squarely within the child development/constructivist/outcome-based theoretical camp rather than in the camp of behaviorisim, information processing, and standard-based education. With DAP squarely engrained within professional educational knowledge and ideology worldwide, the second edition (printed in 1997) took a pluralistic, global, and multicultural perspective by molding the concept of developmentally appropriate practice into a three-dimensional approach to early childhood education highly dependent on the context where it is implemented, the culture of the educational workplace/staff, and the background the the children being taught. A decade later, teaching young children has changed significantly. The results of decades-old, large-scale longitudinal studies grounded in the same constructivist theory as DAP(Abecedarian, Perry Preschool, Chicago Longitudinal, etc.) and the results/personal ancedotes of smaller scale uses of certain curricula models (High/Scope, Creative Curriculum, Montessori, Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, etc.) have forced experts to take a more informed and critcal eye examiniation of developmentally appropriate practice.

Consequently, the timing of this third edition may be near-perfect.
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This book is very useful to me. I bought it a few semesters back for a class, and I am still using it. It comes in handy when dealing with young children :) It shipped fast and was cheaper than buying it elsewhere!
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It helped me to look at my lesson plans in a different way, I can't do a lesson without thinking of the appropriateness for my students.
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This book is not that helpful with my class for WGU. It has no glossary and a crappy index so it's hard to find anything and everything.
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Great summary of a much needed teacher reference. Much cheaper than The other DAP book. Make these more affordable. Especially for teachers who do not earn much. We want teachers to be great, but do not offer good quality materials to work with.
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This book was a requirement for one of my education classes. It is an easy quick read. Most of the information is quite obvious to anyone in the early childhood profession but it does include many different scenarios which are helpful.
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I don't feel like this book is user friendly at all! I had to purchase for a class and disliked using it. Hard to locate specific things, but does contain solid information.
Happy that class is over so I can sell it back!
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice is a great resource for any early childhood program. This new edition offers great ideas for meeting the educational and developmental needs of young children.
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