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Early childhood curriculum; a constructivist perspective, 2d ed.


Early childhood curriculum; a constructivist perspective, 2d ed.

Branscombe, N. Amanda and Jan Gunnels Burcham, Kathryn Castle, Elaine Surbeck et al.



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Branscombe (early childhood education, Athens State U.), Burcham, Castle, Surbeck et al. inform preservice preschool and elementary educators about the early childhood curriculum from a constructivist perspective of how children learn and the kinds of classrooms that facilitate it. They detail the aims of this curriculum, its guiding principles, and three kinds of knowledge and the process of constructing them; the key components of constructivist curriculum (authentic tasks, choice, decision making, social interaction, play, projects, problem posing and solving, and reflection), as well as the role of community; and established models of practice and assessment and documentation. This edition has updated content, research, and resources; updated information about how to address standards and ideas for using constructivist principles, practices, and tenets in a standards-based world while maintaining focus on the learning and learning processes; discussion of the importance of practitioners using theory to guide practice and curriculum; discussion and ideas for teaching all learners, including those with disabilities or special needs; more content, examples, and updated research on the benefits and importance of play and projects; and more on the importance of developing teacher autonomy and becoming advocates for curriculum and teaching based on scientifically proven, constructivist principles.

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Date:Oct 1, 2013
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