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ERIC Number: ED395665
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Oct
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Environment Is the Child's Condition.
Eskesen, Karin
Drawing upon the philosophy of several educational theorists and several educational approaches, this paper discusses the educational environment of Danish schools and preschools. Given the significant number of hours that children spend in schools, the importance of methods employed by the schools for the care and education of children is emphasized, in addition to close cooperation with parents. Noting that Piaget saw children as active creators, the significance of designing classrooms as flexible environments which encourage an active educational process is discussed. In agreement with the Reggio Emilia educational approach, which demands a constant analysis of pedagogical practice, documentation and its display in the form of themes and project structures to children, parents, and staff is stressed. The importance of seeking to discover the vast potentialities of every child and of providing a classroom environment that makes participation and communication possible is discussed. Guided by pedagogical and psychological insight, the partnership between teachers, parents, and architects in reconstructing a preschool is described. Teachers' experiences in restructuring the preschool are shared. (BAC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Piaget (Jean); Royal Danish School of Educ Studies (Denmark)