ERIC Number: ED027081
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Apr-3
Reference Count: 0
The Spirit of the Times in Childhood Education. The First Evangeline Burgess Memorial Lecture.
Senn, Milton J. E.
Education of the child, including preschool education, has been and still is a topic of great concern to many people. Translation of this concern into constructive programs for early childhood education is a profound problem, one that is debated often and emotionally. There is a dichotomy between those who favor educational practices based on concepts of the child in terms of his whole emotional-cognitive development and those who favor a narrower approach aimed specifically at developing certain skills measurable by intelligence tests. Evangeline Burgess and the Pacific Oaks College and Children's School fall close to the former class; the Bereiter-Engelmann program, close to the latter. There are also debates on the merit of Piaget's ideas on the relationship of early experience and cognitive development. There is concern for the need to understand the quality and quantity of stimulation most beneficial to intellectual development. This includes the debate over the value of such projects as Head Start and the importance of employing teachers who can do the job intended by the educational program involved. Often neglected by educational program planners is the clear definition of their educational goals--whether they would or should emphasize intelligence and narrow skills or intellect and understanding. (WD)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Disadvantaged, Early Childhood Education, Educational Attitudes, Educational Objectives, Educational Philosophy, Educational Responsibility, Educational Theories, Intellectual Development
Pacific Oaks College, 714 W. California Blvd., Pasadena, California 91105 ($1.00).
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Oaks Coll. and Children's School, Pasadena, CA.