This fifth edition of Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children provides teachers and teacher candidates with a comprehensive guide to establishing collaboration with parents and the......more
This fifth edition of Families, Schools, and Communities: Building Partnerships for Educating Children provides teachers and teacher candidates with a comprehensive guide to establishing collaboration with parents and the larger community. This text will help future teachers develop the understanding and tools they need to work with others to give children a better education. The underlying message of this book is that all persons involved in early childhood education or child advocacy should join hands in promoting the highest quality of education for young children in America.
New to This Edition:
The authors have added features and rearranged the topics to give this text better coherence and greater usability. Readers will find we have updated references and resources throughout but have streamlined the research citations to provide for smoother reading. We removed the chapter on school curriculum but included suitable parts of that in other chapters. We have renamed some chapters to reflect changes in content, and we have grouped References by each chapter.
Chandler Barbour, a retired professor of education, has spent over 40 years in elementary school
teaching, school administration, and university teaching. His strong interests in educational
partnerships for teachers in training and appropriate curriculum for children have led to research and
writing on school collaborations and networks. He is a co-author of two earlier publications:Partnerships
in Education (1970), AACTE and The Teaching Clinic (1974), Ass'n of Teacher Educators,
plus articles and reports for professional journals in Education. In retirement, Mr. Barbour lives in
coastal Maine and devotes volunteer time to public school projects, church programs, and prison
inmate counseling. He also serves as a board director for a fishing advocacy group, a church facilities
board, and one regional hospital board.
Nita H. Barbour is a retired University of Maryland professor with over 30 years in teaching,
researching and curriculum program development for educational facilities in three states. Her
professional work covers involvement with programs for populations ranging from preschool to
university graduate courses. Nita's Fulbright Scholarship in language study in the 1950s led to a career
long interest in the uses of language and the impact of language and culture on education. This interest
has followed her into retirement as a feature of the language literacy programs she has established for
preschoolers in her Maine community. Professor Barbour is a co-author of two earlier textbooks in the
early childhood field: Early Childhood Education: An Introduction, 4e, 1998, Merrill/Prentice Hall and
Developmental Continuity Across Preschool & Primary Grades, 2e, 2004, Ass'n of Childhood
Dr. Patricia Scully is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore
County (UMBC) where she directs the early childhood teacher education program and
teaches courses in early literacy, children’s literature, and curriculum. Earlier in her
career, Dr. S
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