Content Review



Required Resources:

  • Course Text:  Morrison, G. S. (2013). Early childhood education today (11th custom ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

    • Chapter 1, "You and Early Childhood Education," pp. 2–25, 28–2 9
    • Chapter 2, "Current Issues and Public Policy," pp. 32–45, 48–57
    • Appendix A: "NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and Statement of Commitment," pp. 507–513



  • Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). The early childhood professional [Video file]. Retrieved from

    Note: The approximate length of this media piece is 20 minutes.

    Noted early childhood expert Barbara Bowman speaks to a group of early childhood educators about the attributes of early childhood professionals, characteristics of the early childhood profession, and some of the major changes that have transformed early childhood education in this country.


Video: Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). A call for leadership [Video file]. Retrieved from

 The approximate length of this media piece is 9 minutes.

Barbara Bowman explains the need for early childhood professionals to become active leaders in classrooms, schools, programs, and society.


Optional Resources


  1. In your own words, summarize the five goals of professionalism presented in Chapter 1 of the Morrison course text and explain your understanding of how each goal "plays a powerful role in determining who and what a professional is" (Morrison, 2013, p. 4). Cite references to the readings and video programs to support your answers.

  2. Drawing from the readings in the Morrison course text and from Video Program 1, describe how societal changes and changes in early childhood education have influenced both care and education in early childhood programs today. Explain how the evolution of early childhood programs offers evidence of the essential need for early childhood professionals to engage in lifelong learning.

  3. Review the section on "Social Issues" affecting children on pages 39–49 of the Morrison course text. Drawing from the reading and from Video Program 2, explain the role of an early childhood professional in addressing these issues for children and families. Then choose one issue that is of special concern to you. Explain how you could show leadership in the future as an early childhood professional by addressing this need in your own community or at the state or national level.


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