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Positive Child Guidance, 8th Edition

  • Darla Ferris Miller
  • ISBN-10: 1305088999
  • ISBN-13: 9781305088993
  • 384 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2010, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2016 Published
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About the Product

POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE, Eighth Edition, is ideal for guidance, behavior management and discipline, and classroom management courses in an early childhood education curriculum. This practical book outlines workable steps for creating a cooperative, respectful community of children and adults with special emphasis on sensitivity to cultural needs, cultural differences, and developmentally appropriate practice. Students will learn a range of practical, effective, and flexible guidance strategies based on principles of straightforward communication and assertiveness. This new edition includes critical advances in research and addresses the cultural trends that are changing the way babies and children are cared for today.


  • Practical Application Emphasis: Every chapter has at least one Practical Application Case study that demonstrates important concepts addressed in the chapter. Additionally, numerous examples designated throughout the text help students understand how they can apply their new competences in real-world situations.

  • Clarification of the Role of Behavior Modification in Positive Guidance: Extrinsic motivation--using tokens, prizes, and praise as reinforcement--can be effective in specific kinds of situations, but can seriously undermine intrinsic motivation if used incorrectly. The book provides guidelines for supporting intrinsic motivation and using extrinsic motivators wisely.

  • UPDATED Coverage on Moral Development: Early childhood programs can play an important role in the development of moral values that are essential for successful citizenship in a democracy. Positive guidance as presented in this book is based on caring for children respectfully and assertively--so as to develop their internal motivation to live healthfully, to respect others, and to be responsible for their actions.

  • UPDATED Marginal Key Terms and Definitions: To support student learning, key terms and their definitions appear in the text margins adjacent to boldface key terms where they first appear in the text. A list of the key terms appears at the end of each chapter and a comprehensive glossary appears at the end of the book.

  • UPDATED Quotations: Throughout the text, relevant quotes from well-known philosophers, educators, and writers illuminate the content and inspire students.

  • UPDATED Web-Based Resources: In every chapter, students will find recommended websites relevant to the topics being discussed.


"[This] guidance book takes a very applied approach, giving students realistic scenarios of child behavior and adult response options."
— Brigitte Vittrup, Texas Woman's University

About the Author

Darla Ferris Miller

Darla Ferris Miller holds a doctorate in early childhood education, Texas and Mississippi teaching credentials, and the American Montessori Society Early Childhood, Infant, and Toddler Certification. She was a vice president, a division chair, and a professor at North Harris College. Dr. Miller has also served in a wide range of roles within the field of child care and development. She has been a caregiver, early childhood teacher, center director, teacher trainer, and consultant, and has worked with children from infancy to middle school.

Table of Contents

1. Why Guidance Matters.
2. Historical Perspectives and Guidance Theories.
3. Understanding Children's Behavior.
4. How to Observe Children.
5. Serving Culturally Diverse Children and Families.
6. Understanding Children with Ability Differences.
7. Designing Developmentally Appropriate Environments Inside and Out.
8. Building Relationships through Positive Communication.
9. Fundamental Causes of Positive and Negative Behavior.
10. Effective Guidance Interventions.
11. Mistaken Goals, Motivation, and Mindfulness.

New to this edition

  • NEW MindTap for Education is a first-of-its-kind digital solution that prepares teachers by providing them with the knowledge, skills, and competencies they must demonstrate to earn an education degree and state licensure, and to being a successful career. Through activities based on real-life teaching situations, MindTap elevates students’ thinking by giving them experiences in applying concepts, practicing skills, and evaluating decisions, guiding them to become reflective educators.
  • NEW Colorful Design and Larger Trim Size: This edition is a full-color text with an appealing interior design and larger trim size to help enhance student learning.
  • UPDATED Learning Objectives: Correlated to the main sections in each chapter, Learning Objectives focus students' reading and show students what they need to know, understand, and be able to apply after completing the chapter.
  • NEW AND IMPROVED Standards Coverage: Enhanced coverage of NAEYC standards includes a chapter-opening list to help students identify where the chapter addresses key standards. NAEYC and DAP icons identify standards-related content throughout the text, and the NAEYC standards correlation charts help students make connections between what they are learning in the textbook and the standards.
  • NEW Brain Facts Boxes: These new boxes provide students with current neurological findings that affect our understanding of how children learn and how early child educators can most effectively guide them.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305396545 | ISBN-13: 9781305396548)

An online Instructor’s Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including sample syllabi, discussion questions, teaching and learning activities, field experiences, learning objectives, and additional online resources. For assessment support, the updated test bank includes true/false, multiple choice, matching, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter.

Online PowerPoint® Slides  (ISBN-10: 1305500482 | ISBN-13: 9781305500488)

These vibrant Microsoft PowerPoint lecture slides for each chapter assist you with your lecture, by providing concept coverage using images, figures, and tables directly from the textbook.

Cengage Testing, powered by Cognero® Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1305396561 | ISBN-13: 9781305396562)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate test bank content from the text's test bank or elsewhere, including your own favorite test questions; create multiple test versions in an instant; and deliver tests from your LMS, your classroom, or wherever you want.

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Miller's Positive Child Guidance  (ISBN-10: 1305396588 | ISBN-13: 9781305396586)

MindTap EDUCATION FOR MILLER’S POSITIVE CHILD GUIDANCE, 8th Edition, is a personalized teaching experience with relevant assignments that guide students to analyze, apply, and improve thinking, allowing you to measure skills and outcomes with ease. A highly personalized, fully customizable learning platform, MindTap helps students to elevate thinking by guiding them to: know, remember, and understand concepts critical to becoming a great teacher; apply concepts, create tools, and demonstrate performance and competency in key areas in the course; prepare artifacts for the portfolio and eventual state licensure to launch a successful teaching career; and develop the habits to become a reflective practitioner. As students move through each chapter’s Learning Path, they engage in a scaffolded learning experience designed to move them up Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy from lower- to higher-order thinking skills.

Student Supplements

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Miller's Positive Child Guidance  (ISBN-10: 1305396588 | ISBN-13: 9781305396586)

MindTap Education for Miller's Positive Child Guidance, 8th Edition provides you with the tools you need to better manage your limited time -- you can complete assignments whenever and wherever you are ready to learn with course material specially customized for you by your instructor and streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface. MindTap will guide you to: know, remember, and understand concepts critical to becoming a great teacher; apply concepts, create tools, and demonstrate performance and competency in key areas in the course; prepare artifacts for your portfolio and eventual state licensure as you get ready to launch a successful teaching career; and develop the habits to become a reflective practitioner. Through these activities and an array of tools and apps -- from note taking to flashcards -- you'll get a true understanding of course concepts, helping you to achieve better grades and setting the groundwork for your future courses. Access to this product is valid for 6 months of usage.