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Early Childhood Education Research Guide: Quality Programs

A guide to resources for early childhood education and child development

The Assignment

Quality programs in early childhood education mentioned in the textbook:

  • High Scope
  • Project Approach
  • Reggio Emilia
  • Montessori
  • Nature Based Preschools

Choose one program to research.

  • Use at least 5 other sources in addition to the textbook
  • Share the fundamentals of the program with an oral presentation
    • history
    • concepts involved
    • how the program operates

Design a brochure that highlights all of the points mentioned

Education Encyclopedia Articles

Finding information (how to search)

Subject headings

  • Montessori method of education
  • Montessori, Maria
  • Project method in teaching (Project Approach)(add early childhood or preschool to search)
  • Reggio Emilia approach (in catalog & ERIC)(search just Reggio Emilia)
  • Reggio Emilia method (in Proquest)
  • High Scope (search keyword or title phrase "high scope" or High/Scope in ERIC)--not a subject heading
  • Nature study
  • Nature (use nature preschool only as a title search--the phrase is not a subject heading)
  • Environmental education
  • Outdoor education
  • Preschool education
  • Early childhood

Search the catalog for books under Find Books above--there are books on each program (selected ebooks to the right)

Search education databases for articles under Find Articles above

  • Construct searches using combinations of these terms in the Advanced Search and search the words as subject terms
  • nature in su and preschool in su; or
  • environmental education in su and preschool* in su (* picks up the plural)

Selected Books