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Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education, 10th Edition

  • Ann Miles Gordon
  • Kathryn Williams Browne
  • ISBN-10: 1305500962
  • ISBN-13: 9781305500969
  • 560 Pages | Hardcover
  • Previous Editions: 2014, 2011, 2008
  • COPYRIGHT: 2017 Published
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About the Product

The primary strength of BEGINNINGS AND BEYOND: FOUNDATIONS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, 10th Edition, is its blend of simplicity and depth. In a clear and easy-to-understand style, the book lays out basic questions any student of early childhood education would want answered -- and presents key concepts, the latest research, and practical examples so that questions are thoroughly answered. Coverage of the current Developmentally Appropriate Practices (DAP) is woven throughout the text, as is material on diversity and development, which enables readers to understand that issues of age, gender, race/ethnicity, ability, and family are part of every aspect of teaching and learning. Every chapter has a feature focused on how brain-based research is connected to development, and another that highlights intentional teaching. Through its tone, visuals, and pedagogy, the book is accessible to and respectful of readers with a range of abilities and learning styles.


  • Thorough revision of all chapters brings the content completely up-to-date to meet the needs of today's practitioners and includes current coverage of standards-based education and accountability, developmentally appropriate practice, and special education.

  • A focus on the professional standards of the field includes chapter-opening lists of key NAEYC Standards for Professional Preparation and sections of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Content that are related to upcoming content.

  • A "Brain-Research Says…" feature in every chapter emphasizes the connection between neuroscience and development, and is accompanied by reflection questions ideal for student assignments. Another feature, "Teaching with Intention," emphasizes the important theme of intentional teaching, and is also accompanied by reflection questions for homework or in-class discussion.

  • Pedagogy includes numbered, chapter-opening "Learning Objectives" tied to the chapter's main heads, which serve as an advance organizer for students; and "Observe and Apply" activities at the end of the chapter, which provide field observation suggestions and opportunities for application of concepts.

  • A specially designed section on Word Pictures (Chapter 3, "Defining the Young Child") showcases a unique and popular asset of this text. Providing a handy reference guide on common behaviors in six developmental areas for children of different age levels, this feature helps classroom teachers know what to expect and when to expect it, and thus helps them prescribe programs, plan activities, and appropriately create curricula.

  • Diversity coverage woven throughout the book -- including a "Diversity" feature in each chapter -- enables readers to recognize issues of gender, race/ethnicity, ability, language, and family patterns in every aspect of teaching.

  • Curriculum chapters are based on development to show readers how activities can be based on children's physical, cognitive, language, and social developmental levels rather than on subjects or themes, thereby helping educators understand how to create developmentally appropriate curricula. All major areas and curricula are covered, making the text useful in a multitude of courses.

About the Author

Ann Miles Gordon

Ann Miles Gordon, BA: University of Washington (Child Development), MA: Stanford University (Early Childhood Education) has been in the early childhood field for over 45 years as a teacher of young children, of parents, and of college students. She has taught in lab schools, church-related centers, and private and public preschool and kindergarten programs. While at Stanford, Ann was at the Bing Nursery School for 11 years and was a lecturer in the Psychology Department. For 10 years she also served as an adjunct faculty member in four colleges, teaching the full gamut of early childhood courses. Ann served as executive director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools for 14 years, where more than 1,100 early childhood programs were a part of her network. She is now consulting in the areas of early childhood curriculum governance and professional development.

Kathryn Williams Browne

Kathryn Williams Browne has been teaching children, families, and students for more than 30 years. First a teacher of young children--in nursery school, parent cooperatives, full-day child care, pre-kindergarten, bilingual pre-school, kindergarten, and first grade--she moved to Stanford University's lab school, where she served as head teacher and psychology lecturer. Co-authoring with Ann Miles Gordon was enhanced by Kate's role as a parent, while her consultant and school board experience offered perspectives on public policy and reform. Kate teaches in the California Community College system and Early Childhood Mentor program, which offer the richness of a diverse student population coupled with the challenges of access and privilege that parallel those in the early education field itself.

Table of Contents

1. History of Early Childhood Education.
2. Types of Programs.
3. Defining the Young Child.
4. Developmental and Learning Theories.
5. Teaching: A Professional Commitment.
6. Observation and Assessment of Children.
7. Guiding Children's Behavior.
8. Families and Teachers: Partners in Education.
9. Creating Environments.
10: Curriculum: Creating a Context for Learning.
11: Planning for the Body: Physical/Motor Development in Action.
12: Planning for the Mind: Cognitive Development in Action.
13: Planning for the Mind: Language and Literacy Development in Action.
14: Planning for the Heart and Soul: Psychosocial Development in Action.
15: Issues and Trends in Early Childhood Education: Four Themes.

New to this edition

  • Completely updated throughout, the book's current topic coverage includes revised or increased discussion of poverty, children with special needs, LGBT information, dual language learning (DLL), core standards, play-based learning, behavior that is challenging, team teaching, diversity, emergent curricula, brain-based learning, technology and digital media, professionalism, school-age children, and current issues in the field.
  • Students can begin developing or adding to their personal libraries of professional tools for the classroom with charts, figures, summaries, and forms in the text, identified as Professional Resource Downloads. These documents, some of which are editable, are available as digital downloads with the MindTap online learning experience available with the text. They include a checklist for program evaluations, an observational techniques summary chart, a culturally responsive list, a daily schedule, and many others.
  • MindTap® Education for Beginnings and Beyond is a highly personalized, fully customizable learning platform with an integrated e-portfolio. MindTap helps students to elevate their thinking by guiding them to know, remember, and understand concepts critical to becoming a great teacher; apply concepts, create curricula and tools, and demonstrate performance and competency in key areas, including education standards; prepare artifacts for their portfolio and eventual state licensure, to launch a successful teaching career; and develop the habits to become a reflective practitioner.


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

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1305639413 | ISBN-13: 9781305639416)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist in designing your 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: 1305639766 | ISBN-13: 9781305639768)

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: 1305636406 | ISBN-13: 9781305636408)

Cengage Learning Testing Powered by Cognero® is a flexible, online system that allows you to: import, edit, and manipulate 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 Gordon/Browne's Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education  (ISBN-10: 1305636384 | ISBN-13: 9781305636385)

MindTap Education for Beginnings & Beyond, 10th Edition is the digital learning solution that powers students from memorization to mastery. It gives you complete control of your course. Empower students to accelerate their progress with MindTap: Powered by You. MindTap’s customizable teaching and learning solution offers a fully integrated eportfolio. Students master concepts critical to becoming great teachers as they practice skills, create tools, and demonstrate competency. Students prepare a portfolio and plan eventual state licensure for their teaching careers. They learn habits of reflective practitioners. A scaffolded learning experience moves students up Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy. Help students assess the effectiveness of their teaching practices, and adjust, as needed. A Student Progress App compares performance against education standards. MindTap even works with your existing Learning Management System.

Instructor's Edition: Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education  (ISBN-10: 1305636414 | ISBN-13: 9781305636415)

The instructor's edition of Beginnings and Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood includes teacher-specific information in the front matter of the book.

Student Supplements

MindTap Education, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access for Gordon/Browne's Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education  (ISBN-10: 1305636384 | ISBN-13: 9781305636385)

MindTap Education for Beginnings & Beyond: Foundations in Early Childhood Education, 10th Edition helps you learn on your terms with a personalized, customizable learning solution. INSTANT ACCESS IN YOUR POCKET. MindTap Mobile App lets you read or listen to the text with instructor notifications. MINDTAP HELPS YOU GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. You master concepts critical for great teachers as you practice concepts, create tools, and demonstrate competency. Automatically save artifacts in an e-portfolio available after your course to showcase work to potential employers. Prepare for state licensure to launch your teaching career and develop habits of a reflective practitioner. MINDTAP HELPS YOU MAKE THE TEXT YOURS. Highlight text, add notes, and create flashcards. MindTap works within your college’s course management system. You combine creativity with theory and research to practice solving real teaching challenges.