Childhood Education

Founded in 1924, Childhood Education is an academic journal owned and published by the Association for Childhood Education International, a professional association of educators and parents whose goal is to foster the development of sound educational practices for children from infancy through early adolescence. The journal is published six times per year. Its editorial offices are located in Olney, Md. Childhood Education has 12,000 member and institutional subscribers located in over 53 different countries. Membership consists of classroom teachers, school administrators, educational consultants, teachers-in-training, childcare workers, librarians, parents and caregivers. Articles provide information on topics related to innovative classroom practices, child development, family dynamics, international issues and original research. The journal also conducts product reviews of children's books, videos, software and teaching materials.Originally established in 1892, the Association for Childhood Education International is one of the country's longest-standing professional education associations. In 1946, the Association added the term “International” to its name as a means to demonstrate the organization's concern for and commitment to the education of children in affected war zones. In 1949, the Association became a forerunner of advocacy for civil rights when it denied requests from three states that it maintain separate memberships for blacks and whites. The following year, in 1950, the Association issued its Guide for Groups Wishing to Extend Invitations to ACEI. These guidelines provided stipulations that all Association invitations include the assurance that black members would receive equal access to hotel accommodations, restaurants and public transportation. In 2008, Childhood Education was honored when two of its articles, "The Changing Culture of Childhood: A Perfect Storm" and "Beyond Benchmarks and Scores: Reasserting the Role of Motivation and Interest in Children's Academic Achievement," were finalists for the EdPressDistinguished Achievement Awards. The Editor of Childhood Education is Anne Watson Bauer and Bruce Herzig is Assistant Editor.

Articles from Vol. 76, No. 5, Summer

ACEI 2000 Conference: A Conference to Remember
PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE ACEI 2000 in Baltimore was a wonderful success. You came; we learned together. We celebrated our vision, our heritage, and the challenges for the next century and beyond. We took our work seriously, but we also paused to celebrate...
Advocacy in Action: Perspectives from UNICEF
FROM THE UN The "Global Movement for Children" is UNICEF's internal working description for a renewed effort to broaden, strengthen, and focus the existing movement around a common agenda for children. It is intended as a basis for dialogue leading...
A Farewell Message from Your Student Representative
STUDENT SLANT Dear Friends, It's hard to believe that my term as Student Representative has come full circle and that this is my last Student Slant column. Although many times it was difficult to think of something to write about, I have very...
A Friend in Need
Mentorship and Community Teaching is politically and socially undervalued, and schools are summarily blamed for society's ills; in essence, educators are under siege. To paraphrase Charles Dickens, these are the best of times; these are the worst...
A Relationship Gone Sour: Sexism and ESL
A recent report (American Association of University Women [AAUW], 1999) states that the drop-out rate for Latina girls ages 16 to 24 has reached 30 percent. The report also notes that Latina teen pregnancy and birth rates continue to increase, unlike...
Baltimore Conference April 2000
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR The Annual International Conference and Exhibition is a wonderful opportunity to meet with friends and colleagues from around the world, and this year was no exception. The meeting in Baltimore, April 17-20, 2000, had...
Books for Children
Poetry Harley, Avis FLY WITH POETRY: An ABC of Poetry. Il. by author. ISBN 1-56397-798-2. Honesdale, PA: Boyds Mills Press, 2000. 48 pp. $13.95. The author's love of poetry shines through in this unique book. Such poetic forms as acrostic, blank...
Breathwaite Mini-Grant Recipient: C.A.P.S. (Children Actively Participating with Senior Adults)
The attitudes and behaviors that children have about senior adults can have important implications for our communities. Many children lack quality interaction with senior adults, resulting in miscommunication between generations, and the development...
Breathwaite Mini-Grant Recipient: Creating a Community of Readers
Creating a motivation for and interest in reading significantly influences reading instruction. Since children's reading habits develop early in life, efforts must be made to deliberately attract children to reading during the early years if voluntary...
Dedication: In Memory of James David Sexton
This special issue of Childhood Education is dedicated to Co-Guest Editor James David Sexton. The quality and scope of this issue is indicative of David's many and valued contributions to the Association for Childhood Education International. We are...
Early Childhood Special Education
Workplace Realities Course work and Field-based practica do not meet the needs of the early intervention and early childhood special education community. In the past decade, interest in infants and young children with developmental vulnerabilities...
Engaged Pedagogy
One Alternative to "Indoctrination" Into DAP "... that which we are, so shall we teach." --Ralph Waldo Emerson I first noted resistance to Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)--as outlined by the 1987 National Association for the Education...
Head Start-University Collaborations: Widening the Circle
Traditionally, university researchers have not held in high regard the practical knowledge acquired in real teaching situations. Recent interest in changing the ways schools and universities work together (Bickel & Hattrup, 1995; Blond &...
Home Alone with Modern Medicine
We live in a wonderful time. Modern medications can manage, or even eradicate, many dangerous childhood diseases and conditions. Polio, the scourge of earlier generations of children, is a thing of the past. Hearing loss from childhood ear infections...
Integrating Technology with Teaching: A Peek into a Classroom
Off we go, bucket and net in hand, in search of tadpoles. Our hunt takes place at Cooper Elementary School. In the library media center, we use research skills to locate information on tadpoles. We use such materials as electronic encyclopedias, books,...
Learner-Centered Sites
How do you cultivate a child-centered approach among teachers in a large, urban school system where inservice personnel and finances are extremely limited? How do you cultivate a child-centered approach among teachers in a large, urban school system...
Museums and School Change: Making the Connection
To a large degree, current debates over ever-changing education reforms were defined decades ago. They continue to shift, however, keeping up with the demands of recent opinions. Leading educators continue trying to find the best ways to make student...
Peace Week Activities
PEACE EDUCATION NETWORK In April 1999, ACEI's Public Affairs Committee took a strong stand against the use of children in combat and issued a call for "peace education [as] an active, integral part of the program of instruction in all schools world-wide"...
Preparing for Changing Educational Roles
Creating and Learning From Within the Public Schools Simultaneous restructuring of public schools and schools of education will require professional collaboration and collegiality. Today's educators will have to be responsive to a changing student...
Preparing School Personnel for the 21st Century
Potential, Power, and Possibilities Teacher education is a complex realm in which thoughtful decision-making, reflective practice, and a critical perspective are required. As the new millennium begins, it is clear that these complexities will only...
Preparing School Personnel for the 21st Century
PROGRAM EXCHANGE This ACEI theme issue, "Preparing School Personnel for the 21st Century," can be considered a reflection of ACEI's heritage and a projection of its mission into the future. On July 15, 1892, a group of kindergarten educators met...
Professional Books
PLAY FROM BIRTH TO TWELVE AND BEYOND: Contexts, Perspectives, and Meanings. D.P. Fromberg & D. Bergen, Editors. New York: Garland, 1998. 533 pp. $100. This invaluable reference includes original essays addressing a variety of diverse topics relevant...
Project CREATE
Bridging the Gap in Training for Infant/Toddler Child Care Providers Based on the association between specialized training and the quality of care infants and toddlers receive, there is a critical need to increase the number of trained infant and...
Project Texas
A Nontraditional Teacher Professional Development Model for Science Education Recent efforts to reform elementary science education call for changes in the way we think about teacher education and in the way we approach staff development. Twenty...
Renew Early and Reap the Rewards
MEMBERANDUM Starting in mid-July, many of you will receive your annual dues renewal notice. When you pay your membership dues promptly, you help ACEI save thousands of dollars that can be used to offset the rising cost of postage, paper, shipping,...
Stepping into the Next Century
I-STEP and the Preparation of Middle School Teachers Educating teachers for middle school careers often involves negotiating a middle ground. Alisha, a senior education major, stands before two judges, who have just examined her visual display...
Teacher Preparation for the 21st Century
This column summarizes recent ERIC documents and journal articles that discuss the preservice and inservice preparation of teachers in order to meet the educational needs of the 21st century. For details about ERIC and ordering ERIC documents, please...
Teachers Leading Teachers
Enhancing Multicultural Education Through Field-Based Partnerships Research evidence suggests that there are reasons for concern in terms of preservice early childhood teacher preparation and multicultural education. As student diversity increases,...
The Future of Character Education
Character education can be defined as an effort by schools, communities, and families to assist children in understanding, caring about, and acting upon a core of ethical values (Character Education Partnership, 1997). While the 1990s saw a renewed...
The Influence of Television on Children's Gender Role Socialization
Children often internalize gender role stereotypes from books, songs, television, and the movies (Thorne, 1993). Television, however, is perhaps the most influential form of media (Lauer & Lauer, 1994). Research on television viewing and children's...
Your Favorite Author Is Just a Click Away!
Did you know that you have a direct link to many well-loved children's book authors through the Internet? Many authors have their own Web pages with personal information, activities related to their books and, best of all, free "stuff" to download....