ERIC Number: ED411947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Understanding Children. Second Edition.
This book is designed to provide child caregivers with a structured framework for guiding the behavior of young children in a manner that respects individual differences, builds healthy self esteem, and develops responsibility while allowing the caregiver to maintain limits and supervisory control. Section 1 of the guide offers a framework for understanding young children. This section includes chapters on the importance of self-esteem; democratic relationships and effective guidance; and psychological principles underlying infant and child behavior. Section 2 discusses developing positive relationships with children. Chapters in this section cover the role of encouragement in enhancing self-esteem; techniques for effective relationships with infants and with young children; and building responsive communication skills. Section 3 examines children's behavior and includes discussions of both positive and negative behavior and the appropriate response to each. Section 4 presents a discussion of effective guidance techniques including limit-setting, behavioral consequences, and child-initiated conflict resolution. Section 5 examines the role of appropriate environment in guiding children's behavior. Chapters discuss the importance of planning age-appropriate environments and how to improve environments when working with groups. Section 6 discusses other factors to consider when implementing a democratic and responsive approach to caregiving. Those include cultural diversity, parent needs and involvement, caregiver needs and behavior, and the influence of caregiver values. Each chapter contains references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Caregiver Attitudes, Caregiver Child Relationship, Caregiver Speech, Child Behavior, Child Caregivers, Childhood Needs, Day Care, Discipline, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Environmental Influences, Foreign Countries, Learning Theories, Preschool Teachers, Program Development, Self Esteem
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Victoria.