Driscoll/Nagel Early Childhood Education, Birth - 8: The World of Children, Families, andEducators, 4/e ISBN: 0205536042 "The text is excellent. It addresses most of our state's competencies as well as the NAEYC common core of knowledge and skills. I think the pedagogy of the book is its strength. I love the Journal Reflection questions and also the Professional Portfolio sections." - Kathy Allen, Blue Ridge Community College, NC "The goals and objectives of the course that I teach, Introduction to Early Childhood Education, are thoroughly covered in this text. All chapters are written with an 'interactive' component that encourages students to be active participants in their own learning." - Fran Dulcich, Onondaga Community College, NY Through extended case studies,Early Childhood Educationbrings key concepts and developmentally appropriate practices to life for future early childhood educators. Chapters seven through twelve focus on stories of real children in a way that offers a personal look into early childhood settings for children ages Birth - 8. With a manageable length and readable narrative, the fourth edition of this popular introductory text provides an overview of the foundations, while fostering professional development and advocacy, reflective teaching and learning, and best practices for children and their families. What makes the fourth edition unique? Attention tocurrent issuesaffecting young children, including stress, obesity, and fears prompted by war and terrorism, and their implications for children's play and ECE curriculum, prepares future teachers for a sophisticated approach to guidance. Increased discussion showing how to appropriately support children's development andlearning with mediain early childhood programs and related examples and activities. The latest data on family health coverage, stress, poverty, and homelessness provides a comprehensive picture ofdiverse families in the U.S. today. Increased coverage ofphysical/motor skills,outdoor play spacesand activities, andhealthandsafetyissues. National and state curriculum standardsin appropriate discipline areas appear as examples throughout the book to help future teachers better understand standards and apply them to practice. Updates onrecent brain researchandstudies of bilingual childrenprovide the most current information to apply to practice.Driscoll, Amy is the author of 'Early Childhood Education, Birth - 8 The World of Children, Families, and Educators', published 2007 under ISBN 9780205536047 and ISBN 0205536042.