This book explores key policy issues related to early childhood education. Through the contributions of various professionals in the field, the editors provide a vision, practical and possible, of early childhood education in the 1990s. Part I delves into the complex world, both personal and professional, of the classroom teacher. The essays in Part II look at issues of the school community, including the roles of class, race, gender, and exceptionality. Finally, Part III examines the relationship between schools and the community-at-large, and how complex issues find their way into social and economic policies that often stifle, rather than support, the democratic vision of American schools. Taken as a whole, the volume presents a stimulating discussion of the current state of early childhood education policy and practice.
Lois Weis is Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education; Philip G. Altbach is Professor and Director of the Comparative Education Center; Gail P. Kelly was Professor and Chair in the Department of Educational Organization, Administration, and Policy; and Hugh G. Petrie is Dean of the Graduate School of Education, all at the State University of New York at Buffalo.
"Dogmatic beliefs and unexamined practice will produce neither healthy professionals nor programs and policies consistent with democratic values. The authors and editors are to be congratulated for their efforts to put current policy issues in early childhood education into perspective. " — from the Foreword by Mary A. Jensen, State University of New York, Geneseo
"The book's strength is that significant themes surface and then resurface later in new surroundings. This caused me to return to earlier chapters to puzzle over the controversial and timely issues they raise. " — Margaret Yonemura, State University of New York, Binghamton