Publication Date: June 8, 2012
Series: Early Childhood Education Series
This classic bestseller, now updated for today’s diverse teaching force and student populations, explores the benefits of sociomoral practices in the classroom. The authors draw on recent research to show how these approaches work with children ages 2–8. They focus on how to establish and maintain a classroom environment that fosters children’s intellectual, social, moral, emotional, and personality development. Extending the work of Jean Piaget, the authors advocate for a cooperative approach that contrasts with the coercion and unnecessary control that can be seen in many classrooms serving young children. Practical chapters demonstrate how the constructivist approach can be embedded in a school program by focusing on specific classroom situations and activities, such as resolving conflict, group time, rule making, decision making and voting, social and moral discussions, cooperative alternatives to discipline, and activity time.
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Rheta DeVries is professor emerita of curriculum and instruction at the University of Northern Iowa. Betty Zan is associate professor and director of the Regent’s Center for Early Developmental Education at the University of Northern Iowa. Their books include Developing Constructivist Early Childhood Curriculum: Practical Principles and Activities.
“DeVries and Zan have given educators an indispensable field guide to teaching children the essentials of respect for self and others, devising and interpreting rules, and resolving conflicts. Their timely volume marks an important step forward for early education.”
—Edward Zigler, Yale University (for first edition)