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ERIC Number: ED252320
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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An Integrative-Organized Approach to Early Childhood Education.
Fu, Victoria R.; And Others
Proposed is an integrative-organized approach to early childhood education to maximize the total development of the child. The overall goal of this approach is to provide an environment conducive to learning through active exploration and social interaction. Implementation of an integrative program requires an understanding of the organization of behavior. Specifically, it is asserted that behavior should be examined from a developmental perspective focusing on reciprocal relationships among the psychological, cognitive, social, emotional, and physiological systems. A brief review attempts to account for the interrelationships between emotional, social, and cognitive systems. The role of physical-motor abilities in facilitating the acquisition of knowledge is also acknowledged. Implementation of this approach requires the teacher to have (1) an understanding of the hierarchical organization of behavior; (2) the ability to assess children's levels of development; (3) an awareness of and respect for individual differences in behavior; (4) an openness and flexibility in utilizing the personal "resources" children bring with them; and (5) an appreciation for the importance of social competence and emotional well-being to children's development. Such knowlege aids the teacher in providing quantity, variety, and appropriate experience for the child's level of development; stimulation contingent upon the child's behavior; and social interaction that teaches the structural rules of communication. (AS)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Integrative Organized Approach