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ERIC Number: EJ831014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Advocating for Young Children: A Preservice Teacher Education Project
Dever, Martha Taylor
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v27 n4 p391-399 Oct 2006
As experts on the nature and needs of young children, early childhood educators are in prime positions to advocate for the health and well-being of young children. Advocacy can take the form of personal, public, or private-sector endeavors. Personal advocacy is usually informal and involves educating others on an issue about early childhood education. Similarly, public advocacy involves educating policy makers, and private-sector advocacy is directed toward businesses. The project described here is a course assignment for undergraduate teacher candidates in which they learn about advocacy strategies and design and implement authentic advocacy projects. Sample projects are discussed. Engaging in this project has raised awareness for teacher candidates about the importance of and strategies for being advocates. The response from early childhood teacher candidates has been positive. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A