ERIC Number: ED367447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland.
Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.; Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Office of Child Development.
This primary education curriculum guide was developed jointly by the Iowa and Nebraska Departments of Education to provide educators with a coherent framework to guide local planning for reform of educational programs for children at the kindergarten and primary level. Adapted from the British Columbia Primary Program, it stresses developmentally appropriate practices, multicultural education, partnerships with parents and communities, and curriculum integration. The first section outlines the guiding principles of the volume, discussing the philosophy behind the curriculum and considerations for implementation, and offering position statements on such topics as family involvement, group learning, and evaluation. The second section discusses the goals of the program in relation to students' emotional, social, physical, and artistic development. The third section emphasizes the importance of understanding the context of primary education, exploring the need for and implementation of educational reform, partnerships with families and communities, and transition programs for children. Section 4 examines assessment and evaluation, discussing the strengths and weaknesses of different assessment vehicles. Section 5 contains curriculum outlines in the areas of integrated curriculum, multiculturalism, fine arts, language arts, social studies, responsible living, physical education, mathematics, and science. The sixth and final section addresses the role of integrated studies in primary education. Each section contains reference and resource lists. (MDM)
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Curriculum, Family Involvement, Integrated Curriculum, Multicultural Education, Primary Education, State Curriculum Guides
Office of Child Development, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines.; Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Office of Child Development.
Identifiers: Iowa; Nebraska
Note: Program was adapted from the British Columbia Primary Program, Ministry of Education, British Columbia, Canada.