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Living Stories

Nontraditional College Students in Early Childhood Education


Susan Bernheimer

In Living Stories: Nontraditional College Students in Early Childhood Education, Susan Bernheimer takes the reader into her journey with a group of nontraditional college students. Bernheimer’s struggle to find a meaningful approach to teaching the students about early childhood development and care is infused with the insights and wisdom that come from listening to, and valuing, the remarkable stories of her students’ lives. This book offers a powerful new road map for early childhood teacher preparation through a relational pedagogy that honors students’ life experiences and that leads to deep reflection and learning. The approach is embedded in students’ strengths and knowledge and is successfully inclusive of an increasingly diverse student demographic. Bernheimer provides an inclusive model of education that builds upon the strengths of all students. 

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Bernheimer, Susan, author. Title: Living stories: nontraditional college students in early childhood education / Susan Bernheimer. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: Childhood studies; vol. 9 ISSN 2379-934X (print) | ISSN 2379-9358 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2019031185 | ISBN 978-1-4331-7195-6 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-7194-9 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7197-0 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-7198-7 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-7199-4 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Early childhood teachers—Training of—United States. Early childhood education—Social aspects—United States. Child development—Study and teaching (Higher)—United States. Nontraditional college students—United States. Classification: LCC LB1732.3.B47 2019 | DDC 372.210973—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b15880

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