ERIC Number: EJ1123874
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
What More Has Been Learned? the Science of Early Childhood Development 15 Years after "Neurons to Neighborhoods"
Thompson, Ross A.
ZERO TO THREE, v36 n3 p18-24 Jan 2016
The new Institute of Medicine/National Research Council report, "Transforming the Workforce for Children From Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation" (2015), begins with a summary of the science of early development and learning, with particular attention to discoveries during the past 15 years since the publication of "From Neurons to Neighborhoods" (National Research Council & Institute of Medicine, 2000). This article summarizes what has been learned during this period and its implications for practitioners who work with young children. New advances include better understanding of the scientific foundations for learning that develop during the first 3 years, the realization that early learning is more than just acquiring cognitive skills, knowledge of the influence of chronic stress and the significance of early relationships, and new understanding of the interaction of biology and environment in early learning.
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Young Children, Child Psychology, Neuropsychology, Early Experience, Thinking Skills, Minimum Competencies, Child Development, Interpersonal Relationship, Stress Variables, Child Health
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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