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. 73, No. 6, September 15

Eagles, Reptiles and Beyond: A Co-Creative Journey in Dance
Come with us to the Children's Centre in Melbourne, Australia. Operated by the University of Melbourne's Department of Early Childhood Studies, the Centre is unique for its special programs in dance and visual arts. Here, over a 10-week period in 1995,...
Educating through the Arts: An Introduction
Teachers all over the world have much to learn from each other. The purpose of this second International Focus Issue (IFI) of Childhood Education is to share ideas with colleagues from outside North America. Until the advent of these annual summer editions,...
How to Create a World
My primary goals for the "How To Create a World" project were to stimulate children's creativity, enhance their ability to plan and help them realize the power of their own activities, and to promote an ecological way of thinking. I also sought to nurture...
Learning How to Learn: The Arts as Core in an Emergent Curriculum
The arts mean different things to different people. While many of us enjoy and appreciate artistic experiences, we often find it difficult to explain exactly what we have come to know or understand as a result of our artistic encounters. "That is a...
Play and the Arts: The Importance of the 'Unimportant.' (Play and the Arts in Children's Education)
Play is a voluntary activity which takes place within certain fixed limits of time and space. Play also contains tensions and uncertainty. It has nothing to do with necessity, utility or duty. - Johan Huitzinga. Homo Ludens (1950) I was very struck...
Stimulating an Appreciation of the Arts through Noteworthy Books in Spanish
Spanish-speaking children, like other children, sometimes need to be enticed into the worlds of books and reading. The arts can help! Indeed, they provide some of the most enjoyable ways to combine excitement, aesthetic experiences and appreciation of...
The Arts as the Basics of Education
A local Canadian school, in its newsletter to parents, has been boasting that it offers its students "job-ready skills." The school has been tailoring its curriculum to "produce" precisely what various local employers seem to want. This responsiveness...
With a Marble and Telescope: Searching for Play
Lately, I have been going into different classrooms, bringing with me only the glassy spectrum of light that a shining marble holds. I hold the marble snugly between my thumb and index finger, and lift it above my head so everyone in the room can look...