ERIC Number: ED438054
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
The Early Childhood Inclusion Model: A Program for All Children.
Winter, Suzanne M.
Noting that the provision of early childhood education (ECE) services to linguistically and culturally diverse groups of children representing a wide range of abilities and income levels requires the scrutiny of current systems and practices, this book proposes a new paradigm of early childhood education, the Early Childhood Inclusion (ECI) Model, that promotes the design of programs that are inclusive of all children. Chapter 1 of the book summarizes background information on inclusion, outlines the historical context for the model, and offers a rationale for adopting a comprehensive definition of inclusion in ECE. Chapter 2 describes the characteristics, goals, theoretical foundations, and major components of the ECI Model. Chapter 3 describes the socio-organizational contexts that teachers using the ECI strive to implement. Chapter 4 emphasizes the creation of personalized learning environments that afford teachers the flexibility to match their teaching strategies to individual learning styles and abilities. Chapter 5 includes discussions on accommodating each child through an assessment-driven instructional planning cycle and by using alternative assessment. Chapter 6 details instructional strategies, focusing on the teacher as a mediator of children's learning environments. Chapter 7 concludes the book by proposing future directions for policy development, personnel preparation, and research to advance and solidify the inclusion movement in ECE. Each chapter contains references. (KB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Cooperation, Curriculum, Disabilities, Diversity (Student), Early Childhood Education, Educational History, Educational Policy, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Models, Preschool Curriculum, Program Descriptions, Staff Development, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Childhood Education International, Olney, MD.