For Immediate Release: October 31, 2013
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Teaching and Learning Expand With a Child-Centered Focus
NAEYC’s new book inspires early childhood educators to imagine new possibilities in curriculum and learning
WASHINGTON —The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is pleased to announce the publication of The Power of Emergent Curriculum: Stories From Early Childhood Settings by Carol Anne Wien.
Emergent curriculum provides educators the opportunity to thoughtfully listen to children as they play, determine their deep interests and support the children in expanding and developing their theories about the world with purposeful curriculum activities embedded with rich learning.
In this remarkable collection of stories, early childhood teachers share what is possible with emergent curriculum, and with the creative practices they’ve developed. Each chapter tackles challenging and unusual topics, such as assessing the need for program rules, observing the empathy of toddlers, exploring children’s ideas about sculpture and appreciating a long-term, multiage project in an after school program.
Responses to each chapter are written by educators whose interests and experiences relate to the topics addressed. These responses add to the content and impact of these stories on the depth of learning that takes place when teachers and children engage in emergent curriculum.
Readers witness how emergent curriculum principles and practices can improve any early childhood program. This book is essential reading for anyone who hopes to nurture an enlivening way to learn in classrooms.
Carol Anne Wien, Ph.D., is a professor in the Faculty of Education at York University, in Toronto and longtime friend and mentor to Peter Green Hall Children’s Centre, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is the author of many articles and several books, including Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom: Interpreting the Reggio Emilia Approach in Schools.
The Power of Emergent Curriculum: Stories From Early Childhood Settings ($25.00; 152 pages; ISBN 978-1-938113-02-4) is available for sale from NAEYC’s Online Store. Review copies are available upon request. For desk copy requests, contact Debra Sharpe.
“As provocateur and reflective guide, Carol Anne Wien takes us into a center’s arc of discovery as the teachers unpack their practices, learn to live with uncertainty, and turn problems into curriculum possibilities. Her stories provide a model for the professional growth that can come through teachers reflecting on their missteps along the way.”
Affiliate Associate Professor, Family Studies, University of New Hampshire, and coauthor of Emergent Curriculum
"Carol Anne Wien and her colleagues’ essays about their innovative, courageous, child-centered teaching practices—paired with commentaries from leading child care experts—make for insightful, provocative, and engaging reading. A gift to the field."
Professor, Early Childhood Education, Lesley University
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.