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The Classrooms All Young Children Need
The Classrooms All Young Children Need (Large Print)
Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley
by Patricia M. Cooper
Publisher University of Chicago Press
Published on: 14 May 2011
Categories Education
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Our Price: US$31.99

Volume(s): 1
Format Details: 16pt, Verdana
ISBN(s): 9781459605855
Editorial Reviews

·        “A book focusing on how Vivian Paley’s pedagogical approach has informed her practice as a teacher is long overdue and sorely needed. Now we have Cooper’s book, which is a real pleasure to read and will benefit a wide range of readers, especially educators dissatisfied with the current overemphasis on teaching young children specific academic skills.”—Ageliki Nicolopoulou, LehighUniversity

·        “In her unique book Patricia Cooper casts a clear interpretive light, at once theoretical and practical, on the work of Vivian Paley, master teacher and writer. This is not primarily a ‘how-to’ book, although readers do learn how-tos; it is more importantly a focus on how to think about what matters to young children within their classroom communities. We learn much about how and why Paley engages children in telling their stories, playing, and expressing through words and actions how they come to understand their worlds. In short, this is a beautifully constructed and written work for teachers, teacher educators, and those interested in early childhood education. In tandem with Paley’s books, the author offers elaborated and thought-provoking signposts toward an unscripted curriculum open to all young children.”—Celia Genishi, Teachers College, ColumbiaUniversity

·        "Still actively writing, Vivian Paley has an impressive legacy, and Cooper captures it in this book. . . . This thought-provoking volume can be used in teacher education classes to stimulate important discussions about teaching."—Young Children

About the Book
Teacher and author Vivian Paley is highly regarded by parents, educators, and other professionals for her original insights into such seemingly everyday issues as play, story, gender, and how young children think. She is also recognized for exposing racism and exclusion in the early childhood classroom. Surprisingly, until now no one has attempted a comprehensive analysis of Paley's work. In The Classrooms All Young Children Need, Patricia M. Cooper takes a synoptic view of Paley's many books and articles, charting the evolution of Paley's thinking while revealing the seminal characteristics of her teaching philosophy. This careful analysis leads Cooper to identify a pedagogical model organized around two complementary principles: a curriculum that promotes play and imagination, and the idea of classrooms as fair places where young children of every color, ability, and disposition are welcome. With timely attention paid to debates about the reduction in time for play in the early childhood classroom, the role of race in education, and No Child Left Behind, The Classrooms All Young Children Need will be embraced by anyone tasked with teaching our youngest pupils.
About the Author
Patricia M. Cooper is assistant professor of early childhood education at Queens College, CUNY, and the author of When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, and Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom.
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