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ERIC Number: ED226008
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Pages: 10
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Reference Count: 0
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From Child Development Knowledge to Educational Practice: An Open Door?
Kagan, Sharon L.
This paper explores how basic principles of child development can be used to guide the formation and evaluation of educational policies. Child development principles are those beliefs that, predicated on empirical research, have developed over time. They are generally accepted by child development specialists as the minimum elements necessary for healthy child growth and development. They can and have been used to shape educational decisions primarily at the implementation level, but their utility is not limited to this sphere alone. A discussion of five principles is used to explicate their utility. The five principles are: (1) children benefit if they experience a sense of continuity between the time periods and spheres of their lives; (2) children and families vary on every measurable characteristic, and so have diverse needs; (3) full human development incorporates and integrates intellectual, social, emotional, and physical domains; (4) the family is the most important influence on child development, but many institutions, including the school, the community, and the media, affect children's growth; and (5) children who experience an environment that falls below some minimal level of quality are badly damaged by such an environment. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Policy Analysis