This practical book shows how teachers can play an active role in educating the young child. The teacher's artistry can be improved only by understanding why some things work -- why some events or
materials intrigue children -- but others do not. With such understanding, the teacher can go further in pursuing a line of inquiry with a child, can choose successful activities and materials more often, and can
explain the method to parents and others. The book is appropriate for undergraduate courses in early childhood education, child development, developmental psychology, or philosophy of education.