This comprehensive book will help early childhood practitioners consider the "why" and "how" of setting up classrooms and other learning spaces to create environments that are most conducive to child development. Using a practice-based focus and a researcher lens, the contributors consider the ways in which environments for children enhance or diminish educational experiences, how social constructs about what is good for children influence environmental design, and what practitioners can do in their own work when creating learning environments for young children. There are copious examples from practice, lessons learned, and illustrations and photographs of key aspects of the environments they discuss.
Lisa Porter Kuh is an assistant professor in the Family Studies Department at the University of New Hampshire, the Consultant for Pedagogy and Inquiry at the UNH Child Study and Development Center, and coordinator of the undergraduate early childhood teacher preparation program. She is co-principal investigator on the Natural Playground Project.