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21st Century Early Childhood Teacher Education: New Frames for a Shifting Landscape

ByRebecca S. New

The Handbook of Early Childhood Teacher Education is a unique and timely contribution to ongoing debates about the early care and education of children and what it will take to recruit and retain qualifi ed, competent early childhood (EC) professionals. After decades of resistance, there is widespread acknowledgement at national and global levels of children’s early learning potentials and the risks we take-for children and society-in ignoring this special period in human development. Unfortunately, this latter awareness has surged due to mounting evidence of the consequences of adult ignorance or indifference to this highly responsive period in human development, including a widening gap in school achievement.