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Developmentally Appropriate Practice, 4th Edition

  • Carol Gestwicki
  • ISBN-10: 1111185549
  • ISBN-13: 9781111185541
  • 512 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2011, 2007
  • COPYRIGHT: 2011 Published
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About the Product

Thoughtful and comprehensive, DEVELOPMENTALLY APPROPRIATE PRACTICE: CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT IN EARLY EDUCATION, 4/E, is designed to meet the needs of new early childhood students as well as experienced teachers, professionals, and parents. It provides an overview of the concepts and theoretical foundations of developmental practices and discusses the practical implications for teachers and caregivers. This edition, thoroughly revised to reflect the new NAEYC position statement on Developmentally Appropriate Practice, also includes new content on aligning early childhood teaching practices with national education standards, in addition to many new student-oriented features and applications. Section I explores developmentally appropriate practice, including an in-depth section on the theory and research of play as well as discussion of early learning standards in curriculum development. Students also learn how well-known curriculum approaches fit into the principles of developmentally appropriate practice. Subsequent comprehensive sections, which discuss the physical, social/emotional, and cognitive/language domains, individually address appropriate practice for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-aged children. Section V, available on the text website, discusses how teachers can make changes that result in more developmentally appropriate practices and how to gain support for those changes with families and communities.


  • "Guest Editorials," one-page essays from early childhood scholars that open each section of the text, are excellent tools for launching class discussion.

  • "What Would You Do When . . ." boxes in each chapter present real-life situations, case studies, and examples that urge students to consider how they would handle these situations.

  • Extensive end-of-chapter resources include chapter summaries, "Think About It" activities, and "Apply Your Knowledge" questions.

  • An emphasis on best practices promotes professional development and action.

About the Author

Carol Gestwicki

Carol Gestwicki was an instructor in the early childhood education program at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, North Carolina, for over 30 years. Her teaching responsibilities have included supervising students in classroom situations as they work with families. Earlier in her career, she worked with children and families in a variety of community agencies and schools in Toronto, New York, New Jersey, and Namibia (South West Africa). She received her MA from Drew University. She has been an active member of the NAEYC for many years, including making numerous presentations at state and national conferences. She has been a Fellow in the Early Childhood Leadership Development Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and she has been associated with the T.E.A.C.H. Model/Mentor program. Her other publications include more than two dozen articles about child development and family issues and scripts and design for 14 audiovisual instructional programs. She has three other books on topics in early education published by Delmar Learning: Developmentally Appropriate Practice: Curriculum and Development in Early Education, Fifth edition (2013); Essentials of Early Education (1997); and Authentic Childhood: Exploring Reggio Emilia in the Classroom (2002). Currently, she writes a regular column titled “Grandma Says” for Growing Child.

Table of Contents

Defining Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Understanding Play: Its Importance in Developmentally Appropriate Practice. Planning for Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum. A Consideration of Various Curriculum Models.
For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary-Aged Children.
For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary-Aged Children.
For Infants. For Toddlers. For Preschoolers. For Primary Aged.
Helping Teachers Change To More Appropriate Practice. Helping Families and Communities Understand Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

New to this edition

  • The text has been thoroughly revised to reflect the new 2009 NAEYC position statement on developmentally appropriate practice.
  • "Journal Reflections" boxes encourage students to reflect on their own experiences and connect those experiences to their future practice as teachers. These boxes also are included on the text website so that students can fill them out online and e-mail them to their instructor.
  • "Practical Applications" boxes spotlight practical tips and strategies that future educators can use with children and in their classrooms.
  • "Cultural Considerations" boxes illustrate specific child rearing and caregiving practices that may vary across cultures and ethnicities, such as using infant floor play and fostering independence in young children and interacting with teachers.
  • "Video Activity" boxes, which include reflective questions, illustrate key text concepts through the use of carefully selected video clips from various early childhood sources. Students can watch the clips on the text website and then answer the questions. As an alternative, the activities may be used in a classroom setting.


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

Instructor Supplements

eResource  (ISBN-10: 1428359729 | ISBN-13: 9781428359727)

This one-stop digital library and presentation tool includes preassembled Microsoft® PowerPoint® lecture slides by Carol Gestwicki. In addition to a full Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, PowerLecture also includes ExamView® testing software with all of the test items from the printed Test Bank in electronic format, enabling you to create customized tests in print or online, and all of your media resources in one place including an image library with graphics from the book and the TeachSource Videos.

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1428359702 | ISBN-13: 9781428359703)

The Instructor's Manual includes chapter objectives, overviews, class suggestions, answers to in-text questions to assess learning of chapter objective, and audiovisual resources. A Test Bank of true/false, multiple choice, short answer, and essay questions also is provided.

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