Education for a Civil Society: Teaching Young Children to Gain Five Democratic Life Skills, Second Edition
Published by: National Association for the Education of Young Ch
Imprint: The National Association for the Education of Youn
Learning to Work Cooperatively and Respectfully with Others
Democratic life skills are skills that enable all of us—children and adults alike—to be caring, thoughtful members of families, schools, communities, and societies. But these emotional and social skills don’t just happen. Teachers and families support and nudge young children toward them, using guidance techniques that calm and teach.
Completely updated and revised, the second edition of this classic resource provides relatable anecdotes and practical strategies for teachers to understand
- Why building secure relationships with children and families is so important—and eight communication practices to build them
- How viewing misbehavior as mistaken behavior allows you to focus on helping a child learn better ways to meet their needs
- When and how to use specific guidance practices to promote children’s healthy personal development and social cooperation
- How an encouraging learning community helps everyone move toward achieving their potential
Whether you’re a veteran teacher or just embarking on your teaching journey, you’ll find what you need in this book to provide young children with a solid foundation for their—and society’s—future.
About the Author
A Semi-Lively Introduction
Chapter 1: Roots and Shoots: The Democratic Life Skills and Progressive Education
Chapter 2: Teaching for Healthy Brain Development: Motivation, Guidance, and
Developmentally Appropriate Practice for All
Chapter 3: The Community of Relationships: Unmanageable Stress and the Centrality of Secure Relationships
Chapter 4: The Substance Chapter: A Guide to Studying the Democratic Life Skills in Practice
Chapter 5: The Foundational Skill: DLS 1: Finding a Place as a Member of the Group and as a Worthy Individual
Chapter 6: The Pivotal Skill: Expressing Strong Emotions in Nonhurting Ways
Chapter 7: The Learning Skill: Solving Problems Creatively—Independently and in Cooperation with Others
Chapter 8: The Inclusion Skill: Accepting Unique Human Qualities in Others
Chapter 9: The Democracy Skill: Thinking Intelligently and Ethically
Chapter 10: Teachers and the Democratic Life Skills
Early childhood teachers and families have the most important job—helping mold the next generation of citizens. Through humor, research, and step-by-step guidance, this book provides the framework for supporting life skills to help us all live in a more perfect society.
—Karen Burger Cairone, Project Director, Education Development Center
Dan Gartrell introduces his book to readers as “. . . a child-friendly book for adults.” I like to call it child-sensitive, because he helps us develop meaningful relationships with children and not just manage their behaviors. He teaches us about democratic life skills thoroughly, informatively, and theoretically. This could not be more important today. As adults, we would well do with learning them too!
—Tamar Jacobson, Early Childhood Education Consultant and Retired Professor, Rider University
This book equips educators with the tools to cultivate democratic life skills in young children, families, and themselves. Grounded in research and real work with children, then wrapped up and delivered with humility and humor, this book empowers teachers to foster critical thinking, empathy, and active citizenship.
—Becky DelVecchio, Program Coordinator, Instructional Leadership, University of Massachusetts Boston
Dan Gartrell’s revised Education for a Civil Society provides authentic examples that help teachers connect to their practice. It is a guidebook that teacher candidates will reference well past graduation.
—Jayme Hines, Assistant Professor, Wilkes University