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Afterword, Kelly Heider Jan 2017

Afterword, Kelly Heider

Library Faculty Papers

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 Jan 2017

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

Library Faculty Papers

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 Jan 2015

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

Library Faculty Papers

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 Jalongo Jan 2015

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

Library Faculty Papers

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 ...


Supporting Students In Transition Through The Use Of Touchstone Texts For Literacy Instruction, Deanna Laverick, Kelly Heider Jan 2014

Supporting Students In Transition Through The Use Of Touchstone Texts For Literacy Instruction, Deanna Laverick, Kelly Heider

Library Faculty Papers

This articled describes ways in which teachers may use young adult and children's literature as touchstone texts to enhance children's ability to successfully navigate the transition process and develop literacy skills. An overview of the transition process is shared before turning to a discussion on the relationship between transitions and literacy. A bibliography of literature with themes related to topics surrounding transitions is included as a resource for educators. The article also provides a variety of instructional techniques that use touchstone texts to engage students in response to transition-related literature in order to promote growth in literacy. These ...


Re-Examining The Literature Review: Purposes, Approaches, And Issues, Mary Jalongo, Kelly Heider Jan 2014

Re-Examining The Literature Review: Purposes, Approaches, And Issues, Mary Jalongo, Kelly Heider

Library Faculty Papers

A successful review of the literature in early childhood education uses a collection of carefully selected sources to arrive at “big picture” understandings of a topic that will advance thinking and promote more enlightened perspectives on the care and education of the very young.


Identifying Resources That Support Research And Publication In The Field Of Early Childhood Education: Advice From An Education Librarian, Kelly Heider Jan 2013

Identifying Resources That Support Research And Publication In The Field Of Early Childhood Education: Advice From An Education Librarian, Kelly Heider

Library Faculty Papers

Drawing on her experience and expertise as an education librarian the author of this article pinpoints some of the best resources that support research and publication in the field of early childhood education. Free and subscription-based databases are described, as well as print books, ebooks, and websites that cover a wide range of topics. This article serves as a comprehensive resource for early childhood educators and researchers who wish to keep up with the latest developments in early childhood education through research and professional development. Several resources are also provided for those early childhood teacher/scholars interested in writing for ...


Information Literacy: The Missing Link In Early Childhood Education, Kelly Heider Jan 2009

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

Library Faculty Papers

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 ...


Alphabet Soup: Using Children's Literature Databases To Plan Lessons On Letters Of The Alphabet, Kelly Heider Jan 2009

Alphabet Soup: Using Children's Literature Databases To Plan Lessons On Letters Of The Alphabet, Kelly Heider

Library Faculty Papers

This recipe is intended for undergraduate Early Childhood Education majors. Students will learn how to use children's literature databases to choose appropriate books for classroom instruction.


A Research Review Of Technology In Early Childhood Education: Implications For Best Practice, Deanna Laverick, Kelly Heider, Deanna Gay Jan 2008

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

Library Faculty Papers

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 ...