Research Guides: Early Childhood Education

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Credo Reference | Education Restricted Resource
Browse a selection of authoritative titles on education, including Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children, Key Concepts in Teaching Primary Mathematics, and more.

Early Childhood Education: An International Encyclopedia R 372.21 Ea72
This four-volume encyclopedia provides detailed entries on policy, research, and practice in early childhood education.

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children (2012) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Addresses critical, cutting-edge research on child development, curriculum, policy, and research and evaluation strategies.

Key Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care Restricted Resource Some full text available
Explains key ideas and issues in Early Childhood such as assessment, development, family interaction, and appropriate level practices. Provides practical applications of technology, play, and more.

Play, Learning, and the Early Childhood Curriculum (2nd ed.) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Addresses the value of play for children in terms of their development, and how educators may take advantage of play in the classroom. 

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development Unrestricted Resource Some full text available
Free, online encyclopedia covering child psychosocial development from conception to age five. Produced by Canada's Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

Sage Handbook of Child Development, Multiculturalism, and Media Restricted Resource Some full text available
This handbook covers how socialization, media, and other factors affect child development.

Encyclopedia of Diversity in Education (2012) Restricted Resource Some full text available
Definitive reference for diversity issues in education, including race, class, gender, religion, language, exceptionality, and global dimensions of diversity.

Encyclopedia of Educational Reform and Dissent Restricted Resource Some full text available
Tackles the often contentious history and current movements among both educational reformers and dissenters. 

Handbook for Working with Children and Youth: Pathways to Resilience across Cultures and Contexts Restricted Resource Some full text available
Examines how children and youth survive and thrive despite adversity. Covers theories of resilience, the conduct of research, and interventions across cultures and contexts. 

Statistical Resources

Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE) Unrestricted Resource
Information about the Massachusetts educational system, including materials and statistics on the MCAS, school districts, teacher licensure, curriculum guidelines and more.

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) Unrestricted Resource
Searchable statistics from the U.S. Department of Education. Browse, use the School Search, or try Fast Facts for a quick overview of a topic.

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Multimedia Resources

Early Math Video Series | Zero to Three Unrestricted Resource Resource contains video
Each video demonstrates young children practicing early math skills , and downloadable handouts provide activity ideas for parents and caregivers.

Education Videos | Alexander Street Press Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains video
Online video focusing on the development and training of teachers. Browse or search for footage of classroom interactions, as well as lectures, documentaries, and demonstrations.

Videatives (streaming video) Restricted Resource Resource contains video
Videatives compiles short video clips of children and teachers, along with informed interpretation by educators. Sample topics include spatial relations, child-child and child-teacher communication. Videos and analysis are arranged by subject and age of child.

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Education Source Restricted Resource Some full text available
Vast collection of education materials: full text of over 2,000 education journals, 1,200 conference papers, and 550 books. Full text from Education Source will show up when searching ERIC.

ERIC Restricted Resource
A great education source, ERIC provides citations and abstracts--and sometimes full text--from scholarly journals, conference proceedings, government documents, theses, dissertations, and technical reports going back to 1966.

ProQuest Education Journals Restricted Resource Some full text available
Over 900 education journals are searchable in this database, with over 600 offering full text. This is a subset of ProQuest Social Sciences database.

Teacher Reference Center Restricted Resource Some full text available
Teacher Reference Center covers a broad range of topics for K-12 grades and higher education. Topics include curriculum development, current pedagogical theories, literacy standards, elementary education and more.

PsycINFO Restricted Resource Some full text available
Connects you to international scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences fields. Compiled & maintained by American Psychological Association (APA).

ProQuest Social Sciences Restricted Resource Some full text available
Covers education, social work, sociology, psychology and more.  Includes articles from scholarly and trade journals, as well as newspapers and magazines.

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Sage Journals Restricted Resource Some full text available
A great multidisciplinary database, this resource provides access to peer-reviewed journal articles in the humanities, sciences, social sciences, medicine, and technology.

ScienceDirect Restricted Resource Some full text available
ScienceDirect is a great database for social and behavioral sciences and a wide variety of physical, life, and health science articles as well. Many of the articles are available in full-text.

Selected Websites

Buros Institute of Mental Measurements Unrestricted Resource
You can search the Test Reviews for indexing information and then refer to the print copies in the Library for the full review.  The Mental Measurements Yearbook is available on floor 1M at call number R 371.26 B94p.  If you need further assistance tracking down a test review feel free to ask at the front desk.

Department of Early Education and Care | Unrestricted Resource
Provides information on programs, licensing, professional development, laws, curriculum, and more for early education and care in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

ETS Test Link Database Unrestricted Resource
The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has compiled a database of tests and measures.  You can search the database under the Find a Test link along the left sidebar.  Each record gives you a brief description of the test and ordering information.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Unrestricted Resource
Professional assocation of early childhood educators that focuses on practice, policy, and research. Publishes several notable journals, such as Young Children and Early Childhood Research Quarterly.


MTEL Resources at Wheelock Unrestricted Resource
Get the help you need to prepare for and pass your MTELs from the office of Educator Preparation and Licensure.

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