Sunday, October 4, 2015

Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As A Field of Practice: A Book Review

About The Book:

For many years people have thought about how to bring more professional structure to the early childhood education field. Professionalizing Early Childhood Education as a Field of Practice: A Guide to the Next Era is a tool to help everyone in early childhood education engage in serious discussions about professionalizing the field. Author and thought leader Stacie G. Goffin has written a book that contains an overview of the topic, a participant guide, a conversation workbook, and a facilitator guide. Each section supports deep thought and creative discussions about how early childhood education can move toward being a professional field of practice. The conversations from this book are intended to shape the field's future. Don't sit back and listen; be part of this important conversation. 

Softbound, 104 pgs.

About The Author:

Stacie Goffin is a widely recognized authority in early childhood education with a passion for raising the competence of this field of practice. She received a degree in child development from the University of Massachusetts Amherst followed by her Master’s in Early Childhood from George Washington University and her Executive Education Certification from Harvard. Stacie currently serves as the Principal of the Goffin Strategies Group where she uses her experience consulting with educational programs to improve effectiveness and services for young children. 

My Review:

"The question isn't if early childhood education will change, but rather who will lead the change"

This quote is found on the back cover of the new book from Stacie Goffin. And it is absolutely true. Over the years, Early Childhood Education has had a difficult time defining itself as a profession, and uniting those of us that call ourselves early childhood educators. Now comes a guide that will help you answer the questions that need to be answered so desperately by those of us in the field.  We need to know why we do what we do, and to do it with a quality that exemplifies our passion for the education of young children. That is what Stacie reminds us of in this book. There are so many questions to reflect on in this book and I am still working through many of them on my own. This is a fantastic resource for all child care programs, and would be ideal to work through during a staff meeting or professional development times. 

Some of the questions asked include:

-What should be ECE's primary purpose as a professional field of practice?
-What differentiates ECE from other child-serving professionas serving the same age children?
-What core principals and values should guide the field's decision making about it's future?
-What should we change now to commence ECE's journey toward professionalizing as a field of practice?

These are just four questions of many found in the book, and they are all thought-provoking. I look forward to having some great conversations with fellow ECE's using this book at a guide. While most of the stats and comments pertain to the field of ECE in the United States, all the information could relate to the field here in Canada as well.

It is high time that those of us in the field  get together and stand up in a united front to show the world that early childhood education is a field that is professional and high quality. This book will help in that!

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Professionalizing Early Childhood Education As A Field of Practice online through RedLeaf Press

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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