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May 21, 2012
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Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator Informs
and Guides Teachers through Tough Decisions
New edition will help early childhood educators use The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
WASHINGTON—The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s leading professional organization for those working with and on behalf of young children from birth through age 8, is pleased to announce the publication of Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code, 2nd Edition by Stephanie Feeney and Nancy K. Freeman, with Peter J. Pizzolongo.
Based on the updated NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct, the new edition of Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator informs and guides those who work with children and families through difficult professional decisions. Readers will learn about professional ethics and the Code and its use through real-world examples and thought-provoking questions that clarify key points about ethical conduct. The book includes
- the text of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment,
- an introduction to the study of morality and ethics,
- the history and rationale for the development of the NAEYC Code and its two supplements,
- strategies for identifying and addressing ethical dilemmas,
- specific chapters addressing each of the four sections of the Code, and
- approaches for promoting awareness and use of the Code.
The second edition also includes new cases that reflect current thinking on the value of addressing ethical issues in early childhood education on topics including family engagement, assessment, and accountability.
“Our many years of experience in the field and studying ethics as it applies to early childhood education has convinced us of the importance of early childhood practitioners’ commitment to ethical behavior,” said Stephanie Feeney and Nancy K. Freeman, authors of Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator. “We hope that reading this book will help early childhood educators to recognize the moral dimensions of their work, support their efforts to shoulder their professional responsibilities, and guide their efforts to do what is right for young children and their families.”
The authors' experiences in the field have included teaching early childhood educators about ethical responsibilities and how to address ethical dilemmas in the workplace. Dr. Feeney is professor emerita of education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where she directed undergraduate and graduate early childhood education programs for many years. Dr. Freeman is an associate professor of early childhood education and director of the Yvonne and Schuler Moore Child Development Research Center at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Peter Pizzolongo is associate executive director at NAEYC. He has 35 years of experience in the field as an author, trainer, program administrator, and teacher of young children. Dr. Feeney, Dr. Freeman, and Mr. Pizzolongo have worked together during the last eight years on the development and revision of the Code, two supplements to the Code, and related resources.
Ethics and the Early Childhood Educator: Using the NAEYC Code, 2nd Edition ($20.00; 160 pages; ISBN 9781928896838) is available for sale from NAEYC’s Online Store. Review copies are available upon request.
Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States.