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Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 7 / Edition 1

Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 7 / Edition 1

by Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp
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All early childhood educators need a solid understanding of developmentally appropriate practice. While the basic concepts of DAP aren't difficult or complex, they can be understood wrongly or incompletely—and often are! This engaging little book describes the core concepts and makes them meaningful to everyday practice for preschool teachers. College instructors, directors, and trainers will find this an invaluable tool for introducing learners to the foundation of the early childhood field.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781928896265
Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Children
Publication date: 12/28/2005
Series: Basics Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 233,274
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Carol Copple is Director of Publications and Initiatives in Educational Practice at NAEYC. She taught at Louisiana State University and the New School for Social Research and at the Educational Testing Service co-developed and directed a research-based model for preschool education. With Sue Bredekamp, Dr. Copple is co-editor of Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (1997; 2009). Among her other books are Learning to Read and Write: Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Young Children (NAEYC) and Educating the Young Thinker: Classroom Strategies for Cognitive Growth (Erlbaum). She received her doctorate from Cornell University.

Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education specialist from Washington, DC who serves as a consultant on developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum, teaching, and professional development for state and national organizations such as NAEYC, the Council for Professional Recognition, and Head Start. From 1981 to 1998, she was Director of Accreditation and Professional Development for NAEYC. She is the author of an introductory textbook Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Building a Foundation. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland.

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Our purpose in this short book is to give readers a brief introduction to the basics of developmentally appropriate practice, with a focus on children ages 3, 4, and 5. The term developmentally appropriate practice, or DAP for short, captures a set of core ideas that inform the work of early childhood educators. To gain a thorough understanding of DAP and use it effectively in the classroom, there is much more to learn and think about than is covered ere. As the box on page ix, Where Did DAP Come From?, describes, we have detailed the principles and guidelines of developmentally appropriate practice more fully and for children from birth to age 8 in a larger volume (Copple & Bredekamp 2009).

Table of Contents

About This Book
What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
The Main Idea
Deciding What Is Developmentally Appropriate
How Young Children Learn and Develop
The Developmentally Appropriate Practitioner
Guidelines for Developmentally Appropriate Practice
1. Create a Caring Community of Learners
2. Teach to Enhance Development and Learning
3. Plan Appropriate Curriculum
4. Assess Children’s Development and Learning
5. Develop Reciprocal Relationships with Families
A Changing Picture: Children at 3, 4, and 5

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