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Developing Constructivist Early Childhood Curriculum: Practical Principles and Activities. Early Childhood Education Series.
(2002)
  • Rheta DeVries, University of Northern Iowa
  • Betty Zan, University of Northern Iowa
  • Carolyn Hildebrandt, University of Northern Iowa
  • Rebecca Edmiaston
  • Christina Sales
Abstract
This book provides a constructivist interpretation of developmentally appropriate preschool and kindergarten curriculum, incorporating descriptions of how activities are transformed over time and how children's reasoning is transformed, and placing the interpretation in the context of the play-oriented approach advocated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The book's introduction argues that NAEYC's criticism of inappropriate "work" in early childhood education has had the effect of giving all work a bad name and that both play and work can engage children's interest, experimentation, and cooperation, and meet the criteria for constructivist activities. Part 1 of the book focuses on theoretical and practical foundations for developing constructivist early childhood curriculum. Parts 2 and 3 offer detailed descriptions of classroom activities and principles of teaching followed by constructivist teachers. Each part begins with an introduction setting the stage for the following chapters, detailing stages in children's reasoning, and presenting general teaching principles.
Keywords
  • Class Activities,
  • Constructivism (Learning),
  • Developmentally Appropriate Practices,
  • Early Childhood Education,
  • Educational Practices,
  • Educational Theories,
  • Kindergarten,
  • Kindergarten Children,
  • Learning Activities,
  • Piagetian Theory,
  • Play,
  • Preschool Children,
  • Preschool Curriculum,
  • Science Activities
Publication Date
January 1, 2002
Editor
R. DeVries, B. Zan, C.Hildebrandt, R. Edmiaston, C. Sales and L.R. Williams
Publisher
Teachers College Press
ISBN
9780807741207
Citation Information
Rheta DeVries, Betty Zan, Carolyn Hildebrandt, Rebecca Edmiaston, et al.. Developing Constructivist Early Childhood Curriculum: Practical Principles and Activities. Early Childhood Education Series.. (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/carolyn-hildebrandt/4/