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Description - Eager to Learn by National Research Council

Clearly, babies come into the world remarkably receptive to its wonders. Their alertness to sights, sounds, and even abstract concepts makes them inquisitive explorers - and learners - every waking minute. Well before formal schooling begins, children's early experiences lay the foundations for their later social behaviour, emotional regulation, and literacy. Yet, for a variety of reasons, far too little attention is given to the quality of these crucial years. Outmoded theories, outdated facts, and undersized budgets all play a part in the uneven quality of early childhood programs throughout our country. What will it take to provide better early education and care for our children between the ages of two and five? This text explores this crucial question, synthesizing current research findings on how young children learn and the impact of early learning. Key discoveries in how young children learn are reviewed in language accessible to parents as well as educators: findings about the interplay of biology and environment, variations in learning among individuals and children from different social and economic groups, and the importance of health, safety, nutrition and interpersonal warmth to early learning. Perhaps most significantly, the book documents how very early in life learning really begins. Valuable conclusions and recommendations are presented in the areas of the teacher-child relationship, the organization and content of curriculum, meeting the needs of those children most at risk of school failure, teacher preparation, assessment of teaching and learning, and more.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780309068369
ISBN-10: 0309068363
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 468
Imprint: National Academies Press
Publisher: National Academies Press
Publish Date: 21-Dec-2000
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - National Research Council

Barbara T. Bowman, M. Suzanne Donovan, and M. Susan Burns, Editors; Committee on Early Childhood Pedagogy, National Research Council

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