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Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood


reviewed by Jaipaul L. Roopnarine — January 16, 2009

coverTitle: Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners: Approaches to Learning in the Early Childhood
Author(s): Marilou Hyson
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807748803, Pages: 160, Year: 2008
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The publication of Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners is rather timely given President Barack Obama’s recent call for greater support for early childhood education. The President’s pledge coincides with the view that across different cultural communities early childhood education enhances the developmental trajectories and life chances of young children. This is particularly so for children who live under difficult social and economic circumstances. Yet, at both the national and international levels, debates continue to be waged about how to educate young children. In our multicultural democracy, these debates have served to guide the delineation of what constitutes appropriate early educational practices, spurred the acquisition of basic childhood development information on diverse learners, led to the development and refinement of assessment instruments, and led to the reshaping of educational policies that seemingly consider the backgrounds and learning styles of young children from different cultural communities.   In Enthusiastic and Engaged Learners, Marion Hyson... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 16, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15490, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 7:51:06 PM

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  • Jaipaul Roopnarine
    Syracuse University
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    JAIPAUL L. ROOPNARINE is Professor of Child Development at Syracuse University. He has conducted research on father-child relationships across cultures, children’s play, parenting practices and school outcomes in Caribbean and Caribbean immigrant families. He is currently examining early childhood education practices in Trinidad and Tobago. His latest publications include Approaches to Early Childhood Education, 5th Edition (2009), Merrill/Pearson Education and articles on parent-child relationships and parenting roles that appeared in following journals: Journal of Family Psychology, Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and International Journal of Psychology.
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