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Richey, David Dean; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Offers practical advice for staff and families associated with integrated programs. Identifies potential sources of stress and discusses eight strategies toward successful inclusion involving systemic planning, suggested resources, and family participation. Suggests embedding intervention of individual goals and objectives in an activity-based…
Descriptors: Compliance (Legal), Disabilities, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience
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Routt, Mary Lou – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Asserts children who grow up with adults who encourage initiative, model healthy cooperation, and value individual differences and cooperative efforts will develop a healthy sense of belonging. Defines belonging and discusses four human ecological systems. Suggests strategies to encourage connectedness including welcoming children and families,…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Early Childhood Education, Parent Child Relationship, Parent School Relationship
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Koyanagi, Chris – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Provides tips for children's advocates to assure that managed mental health care is implemented in a manner which best meets the needs of children, families, and care providers. Explains managed care through specialized mental health and substance abuse services. Discusses elements necessary for early intervention and the need to address risk…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Child Advocacy, Child Health, Early Childhood Education
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Dresden, Janna; Shetterley, Karen R. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
High-quality family child care and school-age programs have characteristics to promote positive relationships among families and children that enhance children's development and family functioning, much like the thriving neighborhoods of previous generations. These characteristics include choice and variety, environments emphasizing safety and…
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, After School Programs, Child Safety, Classroom Environment
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Stanberry, Anne M.; Blackwell, Ann P. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Advocates public policy education in higher education and student involvement in state public policy. Discusses ways to incorporate public policy education in university courses in family and consumer sciences curricula at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels, including writing briefing reports, participating in professional…
Descriptors: Advocacy, College Students, Curriculum Development, Focus Groups
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Brown, William H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Describes historical attitudes about the education of children with developmental delays by classifying the trends into four time periods: (1) forget and hide; (2) screen and segregate; (3) identify and help; and (4) include and support. Provides contemporary information about early childhood inclusion in the least restrictive environment…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Attitude Change, Developmental Delays, Developmental Disabilities
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Brett, Arlene – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that computers and related technology can be an important asset in the classrooms of young children with disabilities. Suggests that this technology can promote mobility, communication, and learning; increase independence; augment abilities; compensate for learning challenges; overcome learned helplessness; and foster competence and…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Developmental Disabilities, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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Vander Wilt, Judith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that classroom teachers need to reexamine the ease with which they use rewards to shape desirable behavior in children. Examines external and internal control, and problems posed by the use of rewards. Provides examples of how teachers can help develop intrinsic motivation in students without tangible rewards. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Early Childhood Education
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Warner, Laverne; Adams, Polly – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that when teachers study their children in systematic ways to enhance classroom management, they are participating in action research. Discusses how data for action research are collected, for example teacher diaries and student portfolios. Presents two examples of action research: one on block play and the other on curriculum…
Descriptors: Action Research, Class Activities, Classroom Observation Techniques, Classroom Techniques
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Elkind, David – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Describes changes in the family and society between the modern (first half of the century) and the postmodern period (second half). Presents sentiments, values, and perceptions of the modern nuclear family and the postmodern permeable family, and how early childhood education has been defined by each. Discusses current disputes over what form of…
Descriptors: Adoptive Parents, Child Rearing, Early Childhood Education, Family Environment
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Kamii, Constance; And Others – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Views education as vital in reducing violence. Emphasizes Piaget's view of the aim of education--moral and intellectual autonomy--as the way to teach children to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. Discusses what Piaget means by autonomy, the changes it entails in classroom practices, and how these changes are likely to reduce…
Descriptors: Conflict Resolution, Educational Objectives, Intellectual Development, Moral Development
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Frost, Joe; Jacobs, Paul J. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Notes that the increasing number of violent crimes committed by children is a result of play deprivation. Discusses different forms of play and distinguishes between controlled and free play. Examines factors such as inadequate outdoor spaces, organized sports, and hi-tech entertainment which interfere with spontaneous play. Discusses the concept…
Descriptors: Child Safety, Childhood Needs, Crime Prevention, Delinquency
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Brown, William H. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Examines definitions, scope, and negative effects of child abuse and neglect. Recommends inclusive therapeutic preschool programs to address special needs of children with significant histories of child maltreatment. Identifies service coordination for families and integration of early education and related services as critical components of the…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Childhood Needs
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Demaree, Mary Ann – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Discusses development of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children living in violent homes and communities. Discusses the role of teachers in creating classrooms that feel safe. Notes the importance of relearning safety to children who have PTSD. Describes strategies to create feeling of safety in the children. (BAC)
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Child Safety, Childhood Attitudes, Classroom Environment
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Marshall, Carol Sue – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1995
Describes how a university professor used an incident of community violence in an introductory education class, thereby facilitating interaction between her students and the student teachers and classroom teachers who were involved in the elementary school close to the site of violence. Emphasizes early involvement of future teachers with real…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Experiential Learning, Inservice Teacher Education, Student Teachers
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