Synopses & Reviews
Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, 3e is a thoughtful and comprehensive reference that is now even more effective with the addition of several new features and enhanced content. The book takes a topical approach and assumes some basic child development knowledge/experience, and is intended as a guide for thoughtful consideration of classroom and caregiver practices. In the first section, developmentally appropriate practice is discussed and explored, including an in-depth, extended section on the theory and research of play. Subsequent sections address environments such as physical, social/emotional, and cognitive/language. The coverage of these important environments is comprehensive and individually addresses appropriate practice for all early childhood age groups. The fifth section moves into a discussion of making changes for the teachers and caregivers and how to gain support for those changes. Well-known curriculum approaches are also explored in-depth, allowing the reader to understand how these approaches fit into the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. Some new features include ?What Would You Do?? and ?Think About It? sections that encourage further thought and discussion, as well as current reference and reading suggestions to allow the reader to continue the learning process on their own.
The text goes into great depth about each of the target age groups needs for physical, social/emotional, and cognitive/language environments.
The play section is well developed and provides excellent examples and theory
Gestwicki's DAP is an excellent early childhood text. I think it is better than the text I currently use.
Thoughtful and comprehensive, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY EDUCATION, 4/E, is designed to meet the needs of new early childhood students as well as experienced teachers, professionals, and parents. It provides an overview of the concepts and theoretical foundations of developmental practices and discusses the practical implications for teachers and caregivers. This edition, thoroughly revised to reflect the new NAEYC position statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (third edition, 2009), also includes new content on aligning early childhood teaching practices with national education standards in addition to many new student-oriented features and applications. Section I explores developmentally appropriate practice, including an in-depth section on the theory and research of play as well as discussion of early learning standards in curriculum development. Students also learn how well-known curriculum approaches fit into the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. Subsequent comprehensive sections, which discuss the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive/language domains, individually address appropriate practice for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-aged children.
About the Author
Carol Gestwicki had been an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for more than 20 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with parents. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a wide variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia. She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of NAEYC for many years, making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. Other publications include more than two dozen articles on child development and family issues, and script-writing and design of 14 audiovisual instructional programs.
Table of Contents
Preface Acknowledgements DEFINING DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice: What It Is. Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice: What It Is Not. Understanding Play: Its Importance in Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Planning for Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum. DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENTS For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary-Aged Children. DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL ENVIRONMENTS For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary-Aged Children. DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE COGNITIVE/LANGUAGE ENVIRONMENTS For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary Aged. STEPS TOWARDS MORE DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE Helping Teachers Change To More Appropriate Practice. Helping Parents and Communities Understand Developmentally Appropriate Practice. A Look at Programs Based on Developmental Principles. Index