Developmentally Appropriate Practice

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Pub Date: 06/01/2013

Pages: 168

Trim: 9 x 11

Publisher: National Association for the Education of Young Ch

Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn

ISBN 13: 9781928896951

ISBN 10: 1928896952

Price: $34.00

Category: EDUCATION / Preschool & Kindergarten

Developmentally Appropriate Practice

By Carol Copple, Sue Bredekamp, Derry Koralek

Price: $34.00

About the Book

An Essential Resource for Teachers of Infants and Toddlers

Edited and compiled just for teachers of infants and toddlers, this resource explains developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) so teachers can apply DAP in their work with infants and toddlers. Chapters include:

• What Is Developmentally Appropriate Practice?
A brief introduction to the main ideas of DAP

• To Be an Excellent Teacher
Connecting DAP to excellent teaching

• Understanding Development of Infants and Toddlers
Overview of infants' and toddlers' learning and development

• Developmentally Appropriate Examples to Consider
Examples of key DAP practices, as well as contrasting practices that are less likely to serve children well

• FAQs About Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Responses to common questions

• Young Children Articles
Nine articles from Young Children that provide examples of applying developmentally appropriate practice when working with infants and toddlers

About the Book

Filled with information and inspiration for applying DAP in your work with infants and toddlers.


Carol Copple is director of Publications and Initiatives in Educational Practice at NAEYC. She was on the faculty at Louisiana State University and the New School for Social Research. At the Educational Testing Service she co-developed and directed a research-based model for preschool education and conducted research on children's cognition. Her previous publications include Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (Bredekamp & Copple 1997), Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Children 3 to 6 (Bredekamp & Copple 2006), and Education the Young Thinker: Classroom Strategies for Cognitive Growth (Copple, Sigel, & Saunders 1984). She received her doctorate from Cornell University.

Sue Bredekamp is an early childhood education consultant in Washington, DC. She has consulted for NAEYC, the Council for Professional Recognition, the Head Start BUreau, and state and local departments of education, and served on the Committee on Early Childhood Mathematics of the National Research Council. She developed a satellite television course on early literacy, HeadsUp! Reading. While director of Accreditation and Professional Development at NAEYC (1981–1998), she coauthored major NAEYC position statements and publications, including accreditation standards, on developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum and assessment, and learning to read and write. Currently she is writing a textbook, to be titled Effective Practices in Early Childhood Education: Becoming an Intentional Teacher. Her doctorate is from the University of Maryland.