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Child, family, and community : family-centered early care and education / Janet Gonzalez-Mena. — Seventh edition. pages cm
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To Shaquam Kimberly Edwards, contributor to this edition. Shaquam took on what I consider the hardest part of this revision—
making it into an e-book. She stepped in willingly and capably to meet the creative challenges of bringing the book to life digitally. I’m
forever grateful for her contributions! I wrote the first edition of this book on a typewriter. Putting later editions on the computer was a big step forward for me. Shaquam took me into the e-book era, gracefully
and enthusiastically, for which I’m thankful.
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A seminal report published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) was released just as this revision was about to go to press, titled “Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Founda- tion.” One of the themes of the report relates to making higher education programs for professionals more effective with a goal of supporting consistent quality. This report couldn’t be more timely coming out as it did at the same time as the 7th revision of Child, Family, and Community. We are ready for change as a nation. We are ready to be sure that those who work with young children get an excellent education to prepare them for further study, for being a contributing part of the community, and for all-round mature development. Right in line with transforming the workforce comes the transformation of this Child, Family, and Community textbook. The 7th edi- tion, now in an e-text format, is startlingly different from the many revisions that preceded it.
This revision, as others in the past, focuses on contexts—the contexts in which children are reared and educated. It’s not about “the child” or even “children” because those words have no meaning by themselves. Each child is born and raised in mul- tiple social contexts. This text is about the influences of all those contexts. Nurturing and protection of each child must be viewed in terms, not only of the family, but also of the community—its neighborhoods, people, cultures, and institutions—both local and national. Care-and-education institutions are part of this context.
As in earlier editions, the major theories around which this book is based in- volve the community being the context in which child rearing takes place, no matter what shape or form the families take. This book still focuses on families, but also on the people and agencies outside the family. Some of those people who are using this text are now, or will become, those professionals who work with families and their children.
New to this editioN E-Text Format Anyone used to the black and white paperback book will see a world of difference when they take their first look at the new e-text format. There is no comparison. Not that both the e-text and the paper book aren’t greatly updated with the latest information and research, but the new format as an e-text has a number of engaging new features. Note that the Pearson e-text format contains the following digital components: video links, interactive section quizzes called “Check Your Understanding,” and end-of-chapter quizzes; other e-text formats do not currently contain these interactive digital elements.
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Videos Links to video in every chapter of the e-text augment the written word. As students read from the screen, they know that with one click, video appears with further information that comes in a variety of ways. Sometimes the informa- tion comes from the mouths of the researchers whose work is mentioned in the chapter. Certainly when students hear from academics who have contributed so much to the field of child development and early childhood education, everything becomes more personal and meaningful. Sometimes students see video clips that demonstrate what the researchers talk about. We look into live classrooms to see examples of various approaches of working with groups of children—or with individuals—or with family members. Footage of actual teachers in classroom scenes show examples of what is discussed in writing. Child development infor- mation is portrayed by children themselves in families and in classrooms and more. Community resources come alive as users talk about their experiences. Sometimes the focus is on the environment, which offers inspiration for those students who work in programs that lack rich, or even adequate, developmentally appropriate settings. Often we see and hear people who represent the community resources found in neighborhoods. We also have a chance to see examples of children’s behaviors at different developmental levels.
The many videos, three to four in each chapter, bring information beyond the words in the text and bring it in living color with sound and movement. Further, the videos have reflection questions in the text to promote thought or classroom discus- sion. What could be more meaningful for the generations that are media savvy and know how to use it to their advantage!
A New Interactive Assessment Feature Called “Check Your Understanding.” This new feature, which has been added at the end of each major section in each chapter, is a multiple-choice assessment that aligns with, and asks questions about, each Learning Outcome. The correct answer is noted and feedback is provided. Students can then see what they have learned from reading each section. This makes good sense and is quite effective. They can immediately determine what they for- got or misunderstood, which allows them to go back and reread so they retain the information.
Interactive End-of-Chapter Quizzes At the end of each chapter there are short-answer format quizzes, with feedback, to assess student understanding—and reinforce learning—of chapter content.
Color Photos Of course there are also still photographs as always—pictures that give visual em- phasis to the concepts written about. In the e-text the photographs are in living color—quite a contrast to black and white photos with “yesteryear” invisibly stamped on them.
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other chaNges aNd additioNs Reorganization of Each Chapter Helping students grasp and retain what they read is important in any textbook. To that end, every chapter has been more clearly organized with an average of three major Learning Outcomes, with corresponding headings, followed by three to five topic headings that relate to the subject(s) in each major heading. This organization makes it easier for students to follow and remember the information.
Examples of New Topics and Expanded Previous Ones ◆ Gender roles. Discussion and research about young children developing gender
roles has been greatly updated and expanded. ◆ Mindset. Carol Dweck’s theory on how to help children move beyond a “fixed
mindset” that leads them to give up in the face of even a minor failure. Informa- tion and examples are included of how to encourage an open mindset. Children with an “open mindset” keep going even when failure occurs or seems inevitable. An open mindset leads to exploration and growth.
◆ Grit. Angela Duckworthy and others explore how what they call “grit” helps people stick to challenges, persist, and achieve success.
◆ Self-esteem. Not a new subject but an important one. The topic of self-esteem has been reworked and expanded in this edition.
A Change in the Order of the Chapters Chapter 2, “The Societal Influences on Families” (including racism), was too emo- tionally laden to come so early in the term according to users. That chapter is now Chapter 6, which works better after students have gotten to know each other.
Updated “Further Readings” Twenty to thirty percent of the list at the end of each chapter under “Further Read- ings” has been replaced with updated resources.
Highlighted Major Points A new marginal feature of key brief points from the author are added for interest and emphasis.
fouNdatioNal ideas suPPortiNg this Book ◆ Theory is presented in easy to understand language. The book rests on a
base of solid academics, constructivist theory, developmental research, anthro- pological studies, and the personal experience of the author.
◆ The chapters place an emphasis on the ecological theory of human devel- opment. Every chapter shows how professionals and families can partner to
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support healthy growth and development so that the child functions fully as a competent community member.
◆ The book emphasizes cultural contexts. Valuing diversity, plus acknowledging and understanding cultural contexts, has always been an important foundation of this book. The new edition puts even more emphasis on perceiving and appre- ciating cultural differences in order to embrace them. The attitude of acceptance that develops challenges the students to expand their definitions of “develop- mentally appropriate practice.”
◆ Reflection on personal experience is encouraged. Readers are asked to bring their own ideas, experiences, and insights to their reading—in accordance with Jean Piaget’s ideas about learners attaching new knowledge to existing knowl- edge. In other words, readers are encouraged to reach into their own experiences to make sense of new information in terms of what they already know. They are encouraged to see how that same approach works equally well when relating to families and conveying information to them. Whether a student, a teacher, or a parent, respect for one’s own background, experiences, knowledge, ideas, and insights is important. Because whatever we read always filters through our own subjective experiences, this text acknowledges that fact and capitalizes on it. Thus students can feel at home and find their own voices. They are asked to do the same for the children and families they work with.
◆ Anecdotes and examples are provided throughout. Each chapter contains stories and examples designed to take the subject out of the realm of theory and into the real world of practice. Examples are designed to appeal to both tradi- tional and non-traditional students, reflecting the changing demographics of the United States.
◆ Advocacy is emphasized. The “Advocacy in Action” feature appeals to those students who want to “do something!” about improving the lives of children, families, the education systems, and society in general. This feature gives stu- dents ideas about ways of being public and personal advocates.
iNstructor suPPlemeNts to this text All ancillary resources for instructors are available for download by adopting profes- sors via pearsonhighered.com in the Instructor Resource Center.
Instructor’s Resource Manual: This manual contains chapter overviews, activity ideas for both in and out of class, and ways to integrate the digital content into your course.
Online Test Bank: The test bank includes a variety of test items in various formats.
Pearson TestGen: This test-generation software is available in various learning management system formats. Download and use as is or create your own exams with provided items and your own items. Test items included are the same items in the Online Test Bank.
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Online PowerPoint Slides: PowerPoint slides highlight key concepts and strategies in each chapter. They can be used to enhance lectures and discussions, or can be posted on your learning management system as an additional study resource for your students.
ackNowledgmeNts Special thanks to the reviewers of this edition: Vernell D. Larkin, Hopkinsville Community College; Tonia Pa- drick, Cape Fear Community College; Tasha Smith, Solano Community College; and Shaquam Urquhart Ed- wards, College of Marin.
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Chapter 1 The Child in Context of Family and Community 2
Chapter 2 Supporting Families around Issues of Attachment and Trust 22
Chapter 3 Supporting Families with Autonomy-Seeking Youngsters 44
Chapter 4 Sharing Views of Initiative with Families 72
Chapter 5 Working with Families of School-Age Children 98
Chapter 6 Societal Influences on Children and Families 124
Chapter 7 Understanding Families’ Goals, Values, and Culture 150
Chapter 8 Working with Families on Guidance Issues 172
Chapter 9 Working with Families on Addressing Feelings and Problem Solving 194
Chapter 10 Working with Families to Support Self-Esteem 218
Chapter 11 Working with Families around Gender Issues 242
Chapter 12 Stress and Success in Family Life 262
Chapter 13 Early Care and Education Programs as Community Resources 284
Chapter 14 Supporting Families through Community Resources and Networks 308
Chapter 15 Social Policy Issues 326
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ChaptER 1 the Child in Context of Family and Community 2 Looking at Context through Bioecological Theory 4
Bronfenbrenner’s Bioecological Model 4 Family-Centered Approaches 6
Family-Centered Defined 7 The Benefits of Family-Centered Programs for Children 7 The Benefits of Family-Centered Education Programs for
Teachers 8 The Benefits of Family-Centered Programs for Families 9 Mutual Benefits 9
History of Family-Centered Care and Education 10 Challenges to Creating Partnerships with Families 13
Multiple Lenses through Which to Look at Family-Centered Approaches 14
The Family Systems Theory Lens 14 The Whole Child Lens 16 Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs 17 Culture as a Lens 19
Summary 20 Quiz 20 For Discussion 20 Websites 20 Further Reading 21
ChaptER 2 Supporting Families around Issues of attachment and trust 22 How Attachment and Trust are Related 23 The Development of Attachment and Trust 25
How Secondary Attachments Occur 28 Attachment Behaviors 29 Signs of Attachment in Infants 30
Obstacles to Attachment 30 Temperament and Attachment 31 Developmental Differences 32 Learning to Cope with Feelings of Loss 33
Varying Attachment Patterns 36 Bowlby and Ainsworth’s Research 36 Questions about Classic Attachment Research 37 Judging Attachment in a Cross-Cultural Situation 38
Effects of Child Care on Attachment 39
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How Caregiver and Parent Roles Differ 40 Attachment in Full-Inclusion Programs 41
Summary 42 Quiz 42 For Discussion 42 Websites 42 Further Reading 43
ChaptER 3 Supporting Families with autonomy-Seeking Youngsters 44 Signs of Developing Autonomy 46
Negativity 46 Exploration 47 Self-Help Skills 49 A Sense of Possession 53
Dealing with Issues of Power and Control 55 Set Up a Developmentally Appropriate Environment 55 Appreciate Play 57 Encourage Self-Help Skills 59 Give Choices 59 Provide Control 60 Set Limits 61
Coping with Loss and Separation 63 Taking Separation in Small Steps 63 Entering Child Care 64
Partnering with Families of Toddlers 66 Working with Families around Issues of Identity Development 66 Broadening Perspectives 68
Summary 69 Quiz 69 For Discussion 69 Websites 69 Further Reading 70
ChaptER 4 Sharing Views of Initiative with Families 72 What Initiative Looks Like in a Four-Year-Old 73
Analyzing Initiative in a Four-Year-Old 74 Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) 75 Developmental Conflicts 77 Imagination and Fantasy 78
The Value of Play for Young Children 79 How the Environment Contributes to a Sense of Initiative 81 Dimensions of Play Environments 82
How Adults Contribute to Children’s Initiative 83 Special Considerations for Children with Disabilities 85 The Shy Child 87 A Look at Aggression 88 Teaching Problem-solving Skills 91 Empowering the Preschool-Age Child 92
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Summary 95 Quiz 95 For Discussion 96 Websites 96 Further Reading 96
ChaptER 5 Working with Families of School-age Children 98 School is Different from Preschool 99
A Family-Centered Approach to Kindergarten 100 The School-Age Child and Stages of Development 100 Differences Families Notice between School
and Preschool 103 Finding Out What Families Want for Their Children 105
Teaching Prosocial Skills and Morals 107 Looking at the Decision-Making Process as a Way of
Exploring Morals 108 The Power of Adult Attention 111
Paying Attention to the Behavior You Want to Continue 111 Using Affirmations 113 Children’s Response to Positive Adult Attention 114 Empty Praise versus Encouragement 118 Teaching Morals by Promoting Prosocial Development 120
Summary 122 Quiz 122 For Discussion 122 Websites 123 Further Reading 123
ChaptER 6 Societal Influences on Children and Families 124 Socialization and the Family 126
The Issue of Bias 128 Schools as Socializing Agents 134
Getting into Kindergarten 135 Classroom Behavior 136 Responding to Diversity 138 Inequity and Schools 139
Other Agents of Socialization 139 The Peer Group as an Agent of Socialization 139 Functions of the Peer Group 140 Media and Technology as an Influence on
Socialization 141 Commercial Advertising 143 Violence 144
Summary 148 Quiz 148 For Discussion 148 Websites 149 Further Reading 149
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ChaptER 7 Understanding Families’ Goals, Values, and Culture 150 Cultural Differences in Goals and Values 153
How do the Goals of Independence and Interdependence Differ? 154
Contrasting Cultural Patterns 154 Conflicting Goals and Values 156
What to Do when Conflicts Arise 158 Helping Children Understand and Value Cultural
Pluralism 166 Supporting Home Language 167
Language Loss in Immigrant Children 167 Understanding the Advantages of Bilingualism 168 Language Relationships 169
Summary 170 Quiz 170 For Discussion 170 Websites 171 Further Reading 171
ChaptER 8 Working with Families on Guidance Issues 172 Discipline, Authority, and Cultural Differences 175
Changing the Word Discipline to Guidance 175 Inner Controls versus External Locus of Control 175 Teaching Self-regulation 177 Problems with Using Punishment to Teach 179 General Guidelines for Guiding Young Children 180
Discussing Preventative Measures with Parents 182 Guidance as Responding to Unacceptable Behavior 185 Summary 191 Quiz 191 For Discussion 191 Websites 192 Further Reading 192
ChaptER 9 Working with Families on addressing Feelings and problem Solving 194 Feelings 195
What are Feelings? 199 All Feelings are Useful 199 Learning Feelings 200 Social Referencing 200 Cultural Scripts 201 The Importance of Accepting Feelings 203 Healthy Expressions of Feelings 204
Teaching Children to Cope with Feelings 206 Developing Self-Calming Skills 206 Coping by Playing Pretend 207
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Coping with Simultaneous Feelings 208 Coping with Fear 208 Coping with Anger 209
Problem Solving 211 Using the RERUN Problem-Solving
Process with a Child 211 Problem Solving as a Cultural Issue 212 Problem Solving and Parenting Styles 213 A Deeper Look at the Four Parenting Styles 215
Summary 216 Quiz 216 For Discussion 216 Websites 216 Further Reading 217
ChaptER 10 Working with Families to Support Self-Esteem 218 Exploring Self-Esteem as a Road to Success 219
Culture and Self-Esteem 220 Dimensions of Self-Esteem 222 The Role of Beliefs and Expectations in Self-Esteem 224 Where Does Self-Esteem Come From? 225
Promoting Self-Esteem 226 Give More Honest Feedback and Encouragement Than
Praise 227 Give Children Opportunities to Experience Success 227 Children Learn from Failure 230
Celebrating Differences: An Anti-bias Approach 231 Bias Can Hurt 233 Cultural Differences and Self-Esteem 234 Changing Negative Messages to Positive Ones 237
Summary 239 Quiz 239 For Discussion 239 Websites 240 Further Reading 240
ChaptER 11 Working with Families around Gender Issues 242 Why it is Important to Think About Teaching Gender
Roles 243 Issues around Gender Roles 243 Some History Related to Genderized Clothing 245 Equity Issues and Gender Roles 246 The Women of Today 246
Gender Equity and Parenting 249 Toys and Gender Roles 250 The Power of Language 252 Using Modeling to Teach 253
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Differential Socialization 254 Differential Treatment from Parents 256 Differential Treatment in Preschool 256 Differential Treatment in Elementary School 257 Guidelines for Parents and Educators 258
Summary 260 Quiz 260 For Discussion 261 Websites 261 Further Reading 261
ChaptER 12 Stress and Success in Family Life 262 Varied Images of Families 263
Ways in Which Families Can Vary 263 Families and Stress 264 Giving Legitimacy to Cultural Differences and Lifestyles 265
Successful Families 266 Traits of Successful Families 268 Images of Successful Families 269 Six Families 271
Stress as a Positive Force 278 What We Can Learn from Studies of Resilient Children 279 Helping All Children Become Resilient Children 280
Summary 282 Quiz 282 For Discussion 282 Websites 283 Further Reading 283
ChaptER 13 Early Care and Education programs as Community Resources 284 Defining Types of Ece Programs 285
Exploring the Various Types of ECE Programs 285 Changing Times 288 Early Care and Education Programs as Child-Rearing
Environments 290 The State of Child Care in the United States Today 292
Affordability and Availability 292 Status and Salaries 293 Looking at Quality 294
Partnering with Families 295 Adult-Child Interactions in Child Care and Early Education
Settings 295 Including Everybody: Children with Special Needs 297 Having Concerns about a Child 299 Questions Concerning Continuity between Child Care and
Home 300 Roadblocks to Mutual Appreciation, Respect, and Support 304
Summary 306 Quiz 307
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For Discussion 306 Websites 307 Further Reading 307
ChaptER 14 Supporting Families through Community Resources and Networks 308 Social Networks 309
Developing a Broad Base of Support 310 Forms Social Networks May Take 311 Community Institutions That Serve Families 312
Families Using Community Resources 314 Sara’s Family 314 Roberto’s Family 315 Junior’s Family 316 Michael’s Family 317 Courtney’s Family 318 The Jackson Family 319
Connections to the Community 320 A Summary of Community Resources 320 Finding Community Resources 321 Availability of Community Resources 322
Summary 323 Quiz 324 For Discussion 324 Websites 324 Further Reading 324
ChaptER 15 Social policy Issues 326 Who is Responsible for America’s Children? 327
Does Every Child Get an Equal Start? 327 Ready to Learn: A Goal for All of America’s Children 329 Private Citizens Making Changes 330
Benefitting Children and Families through Financial Investments 331
Head Start 332 Child Care 332 Moving Toward Full-Inclusion Programs 336
Advocacy 337 Adequate Health Services and Nutrition for All 338 Taking a Preventive Approach 339 Violence and Its Effect on Children and Families 340
Summary 342 Quiz 343 For Discussion 343 Websites 343 Further Reading 343
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Learning Outcomes In this chapter you will learn to…
• Explain how to look at context through the lens of bioecological theory. • Describe the implications of family-centered approaches, including the
benefits to children, teachers, and parents. • Explain the history of family-centered care and education. • Define multiple lenses through which to look at family-centered
approaches, including family systems theory, whole child perspective, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, and culture as a lens.
The Child in Context of Family and Community
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The Child in Context of Family and Community 3
Why is the title of this book Child, Family, and Community? Here’s why. Many people go into the profession of teaching in general and into early care and education specifically because they love children. They find they relate well to chil- dren, and they enjoy being with them. When these individuals start taking classes, they find that their studies focus on the development and education of children. The course for which this book is designed also focuses on the child, but with a difference. This book takes the position that children must be looked at in context—meaning that each child must be viewed in the context of his or her family, and each family must be viewed in the context of the community/communities/society to which it be- longs. Taking this larger view of each child will help readers remember to always keep the context in mind, no matter what aspect of child development and/or education they study.
What are the various contexts that families come in? Culture is certainly one overarching context which relates to ethnicity, and is affected by socioeconomic level, family structure, sexual orientation and all the other variables that make this particu- lar family what it is. Immigrant status, if any, is also a context. With immigrant num- bers increasing, language and cultural diversity are becoming more obvious, though ours has always been a diverse country. In one sense we are all immigrants except for people who were on this continent first, those who can be considered indigenous. Their descendants are still here. The rest of the population is made up of immigrants, whether willing or unwilling (Ogbu, 1987). This list of influences on families repre- sents just the tip of the iceberg. It’s a sample of all the ways in which families differ from each other by their contexts. For more information about America’