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ERIC Number: ED178190
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Early Childhood Education: Foundations for Lifelong Learning. Fastback 133.
Cryan, John R.; Surbeck, Elaine
This booklet provides an overview of the field of early childhood education. Three topics are discussed. First, the importance of early learning is emphasized in sections briefly indicating the nature of young children's thinking, their needs, and their individual differences. Second, summary descriptions are given of 11 models, programs and methods for teaching children between the ages of 3 and 6. Head Start, Englemann-Becker Model for Direct Instruction, Behavior Analysis Approach, Bank Street Approach to Early Childhood Education, Tucson Early Education Model, Responsive Education Program, Open Education Program, Demonstration and Research Center for Early Education, Montessori Method, Cognitively Oriented Curriculum Model, and the Learning to Learn Program are overviewed. Third, programs for infants and toddlers are described. Differences among three kinds of program--the home visitor approach, the center-based approach, and a combination of these two--are pointed out. It is concluded that child development is very complex, that schools and families must coordinate their efforts to influence development, that preschool programs in the long run may save taxpayer money, and that no single program model is best for all children. Program contact persons and agencies for infants and preschool children are listed. (RH)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Methods, Family Day Care, Home Programs, Home Visits, Infants, Lifelong Learning, Models, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Preschool Learning
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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