Early Childhood Education [4 volumes]: An International Encyclopedia (Hardback)
  • Early Childhood Education [4 volumes]: An International Encyclopedia (Hardback)

Early Childhood Education [4 volumes]: An International Encyclopedia (Hardback)

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Hardback 1448 Pages / Published: 30/01/2007
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Early childhood education has reached a level of unprecedented national and international focus. Parents, policy makers, and politicians have opinions as well as new questions about what, how, when, and where young children should learn. Teachers and program administrators now find curriculum discussions linked to dramatic new understandings about children's early learning and brain development. Early childhood education is also a major topic of concern internationally, as social policy analysts point to its role in a nation's future economic outlook. As a groundbreaking contribution to its field, this four-volume handbook discusses key historical and contemporary issues, research, theoretical perspectives, national policies, and practices.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313331008
Number of pages: 1448
Weight: 4082 g
Dimensions: 267 x 197 x 121 mm

"[A] comprehensive look at early childhood education. This encyclopedia's entries are a compilation of controversies, theories, policies, and practices that offer information on key historical and contemporary people and issues. Uniquely this work also includes entries on professional organizations and journals in the field....Alphabetically arranged and written by over 300 international contributors, the entries vary in length from one to five pages, with small variations in quality and larger differences in tone and focus. Though weighted toward the US, this set stands above previously published works in its exceptional look at the current state of affairs for 11 countries....Prepared for a large, diverse audience, this distinctive encyclopedia, with its cross-cultural focus and outstanding features, will be extremely valuable to undergraduate students. Essential. Lower-/upper-level undergraduates, professionals, and general readers." - Choice
"This title fills a long-standing gap in major reference works devoted solely to early childhood education....Aiming this work at students, policy analysts, and general readers, editors New and Cochran have assembled more than 300 international contributors to produce an encyclopedia of both breadth and depth. The first three volumes contain over 300 A-to-Z entries on early childhood development and education in the United States that cover major historical and contemporary issues, current research, and a variety of theoretical and policy perspectives. All the entries are cross-referenced and conclude with a list of works cited as well as recommended readings....Volume 4 contains 100-plus entries on the structure and policies of early childhood education in ten countries covering all inhabited continents outside North America. The countries were selected to showcase early childhood education in a wide range of societies....Highly recommended for academic and public libraries." - Library Journal
"This is an excellent encyclopedia set that should be useful for both larger public libraries and academic libraries supporting education programs." - American Reference Books Annual
"The entries themselves are clear and comprehensive, ranging from a page or two to two or three pages in length, with useful suggestions for further reading rather than a distracting overburden of references." - Reference Reviews
"Recommended for academic libraries serving programs in child development and early childhood education as well as other libraries where this information will be in demand." - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

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