Supporting Play in Early Childhood: Environment, Curriculum, Assessment,
2nd Edition

Dorothy Justus Sluss, Ph.D.

ISBN-13: 9781285735153 | ISBN-10: 1285735153

Copyright 2015

| Published 2014

| 368 pages

List Price USD $139.95


Aimed at teachers and future teachers of children from birth through age eight, this book examines the positive effects of play on children's social/emotional, cognitive, and physical development. You will learn how to assess a child's learning through play, making play a more practicable teaching mechanism. You also will learn step-by-step recommendations for establishing a classroom that promotes play and how to develop play-based programs for children in specific age groups: infants and toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarten children, and primary-age children. Incorporating play into the program of special needs children is addressed in each age-specific section and in a separate chapter.

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Dorothy Louise Justus Sluss is a Professor at James Madison University, where she teaches and studies play, creativity, and inquiry. She discovered the power of play for young children when she started her career in a kindergarten classroom. This experience inspired her to devote the rest of her life trying to understand how children think, learn, and play. To this end, she spent 15 years teaching in public schools and 15 years teaching in higher education. Professor Sluss has had a variety of experiences in inclusion, private and public preschool, and elementary education. Since entering higher education, she has been active in publishing, teaching, and providing professional development. She has also served as a national leader of several professional groups and has received numerous awards for research and scholarship.

  • This edition emphasizes national standards from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Council for Exceptional Children-Division of Early Childhood, helping students make connections between what they are learning in the text and the standards. The standards are covered at the beginning of each chapter (Standards Covered in This Chapter), throughout the text with icons that indicate where standards-related content is found, and in a Standards Correlation Chart on the inside front and back covers, which provides a complete list of the standards throughout the book.
  • Digital Downloads icons identify forms, important lists, and other information found in the text that can be downloaded from CourseMate and printed out for use them in the classroom or to review key concepts.
  • Chapter 3, "Observing and Assessing Play," reflects the increased emphasis on using data to inform practice.
  • A new Ask the Expert feature introduces practitioners and experts in the field who delve deeper into a specific topic in each chapter.
  • Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter correlate with main headings within the chapter and the Summary at the end of the chapter. The objectives highlight what students need to know to process and understand the information in the chapter. After completing the chapter, students should be able to demonstrate how they can use and apply their new knowledge and skills.
  • TeachSource Video boxes introduce and highlight footage of classroom settings (viewable on Early Childhood Education CourseMate) to help students relate key chapter content to real-life scenarios. Critical-thinking questions provide opportunities for in-class or online discussion and reflection.
  • Did You Get It? quizzes at the end of each major heading help students measure their performance against the learning objectives in each chapter. One question for each learning objective is featured in the textbook. Students are encouraged to go to CengageBrain.com to take the full quiz, and check their understanding of each chapter.
  • Various activities in each chapter--InClass Lab, Research and Inquiry, Service Learning, Family Connections, and Play Advocacy--offer teachers a variety of options beyond the text and the classroom.
  • The material is divided into age-appropriate sections for ease and accessibility.
  • A PlayScape Case Study at the beginning of each chapter puts students in a situation that they or the families they work with might encounter. PlayScape Reflections at the end of the chapter allow students to reflect on the material covered in the chapter and how it applies to the PlayScape Case Study.
  • Instruction on assessing a child's learning through play leads to making play a more viable teaching mechanism.

Table of Contents

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1. Valuing Play.
2. Play as Development.
3. Observation and Assessment.
4. Supporting Play for Infants and Toddlers.
5. Supporting Play for Preschool Children.
6. Supporting Play in Kindergarten Classrooms.
7. Supporting Play in Primary School.
8. Supporting Play for Children in Middle Childhood.
9. Supporting Play for Children with Special Needs.
10. Outdoor Play for Young Children.
11. Current Trends and Issues.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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