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Afterword, Kelly Heider Dec 2016

Afterword, Kelly Heider

Kelly Heider

Service-learning pedagogy, whether traditional or critical, provides early childhood students and teachers with the opportunity to engage with the community ina “real-world” context. The result is a “deeper commitment to communities, better preparation for careers, improved conflict management, and greater understanding of community problems” (Deans 2000, p. 4). Early childhood educators who are currently employing service-learning pedagogy should consider moving to a critical approach that encourages students to examine themselves and their value systems in relation to social justice issues around the world. By doing so, “classrooms can be places of hope, where students and teachers gain glimpses of the ...


Service Learning As Pedagogy In Early Childhood Education: Theory, Research, And Practice, Kelly Heider Dec 2016

Service Learning As Pedagogy In Early Childhood Education: Theory, Research, And Practice, Kelly Heider

Kelly Heider

This book presents the most recent theory, research, and practice on service learning as it relates to early childhood education. It describes several service learning programs, many of which were developed to better prepare pre-service teachers for the challenges they face in today’s early childhood classrooms, including class size, ever-changing technology, diversity, high-stakes testing, parental involvement (or the lack thereof), and shrinking budgets. The book shares stories of positive outcomes from pre-service teachers who, having participated in service-learning programs, report a shift in their attitudes and beliefs including an increased empathy for others, a heightened sensitivity to student differences ...


Cybersafety In Early Childhood: What Parents And Educators Need To Know, Kelly Heider Dec 2014

Cybersafety In Early Childhood: What Parents And Educators Need To Know, Kelly Heider

Kelly Heider


The internet provides wonderful learning opportunities that were not available to previous generations; however, there are also drawbacks to allowing young children to use internet-capable technology. This best practices session will identify the specific dangers associated with online play and learning; review the international laws, government regulatory practices, and professional standards that protect children from online dangers; and provide tips and resources that educators can employ/access to ensure that young children use technology safely and responsibly.


Young Children And Families In The Information Age: Applications Of Technology In Early Childhood, Kelly Heider, Mary Renck Jalongo Dec 2014

Young Children And Families In The Information Age: Applications Of Technology In Early Childhood, Kelly Heider, Mary Renck Jalongo

Kelly Heider

This edited book presents the most recent theory, research and practice on information and technology literacy as it relates to the education of young children. Because computers have made it so easy to disseminate information, the amount of available information has grown at an exponential rate, making it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers and technology users. Although much has been written about information literacy and technology literacy in secondary education, there is very little published research about these literacies in early childhood education. Recently, the National Association ...


Information Literacy: The Missing Link In Early Childhood Education, Kelly Heider Dec 2008

Information Literacy: The Missing Link In Early Childhood Education, Kelly Heider

Kelly Heider

The rapid growth of information over the last thirty or forty years has made it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers. The American Library Association refers to those students who manage information effectively as information literate. Information literacy instruction has been a priority in many secondary schools since the American Association of School Libraries published the Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning in 1998. Although these standards were written for grades K-12, information literacy is still not the focus in many early childhood classrooms. This article discusses the ...


A Research Review Of Technology In Early Childhood Education: Implications For Best Practice, Deanna Laverick, Kelly Heider, Deanna Gay Dec 2007

A Research Review Of Technology In Early Childhood Education: Implications For Best Practice, Deanna Laverick, Kelly Heider, Deanna Gay

Kelly Heider

The purpose of this review of research is to describe the integration of technology in the early childhood curriculum. The review presents issues surrounding the use of technology in early childhood education; synthesizes research findings on the impact of technology use on young children’s educational achievement; provides professionals in the field with instructional strategies for integrating technology in a variety of content areas within the early childhood curriculum; and shares recommendations for the developmentally appropriate and effective use of technology for young children. This review supports the professional growth of early childhood professionals by facilitating their understanding of research-based ...