ERIC Number: ED032373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967
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Developing the Language of Young Disadvantaged Children.
Bromwich, Rose M.
A modified approach to the development of verbal expression in young children is proposed as an alternative to either the prescriptive-instructional method or the developmental viewpoint which relies on self-initiated learning. The Bereiter-Engelmann method, the method based on operant conditioning, and the Montessori method are representative of the prescriptive-instructional theory which it is felt to inhibit expressive language. The developmental philosophy stresses a rich environment providing many varied opportunities from which a child selects his own activities. This method, however, does not stimulate his verbal expressive ability. The modified developmental approach which is discussed would encourage expressive language within a developmental context. The child's spontaneity, verbal responsiveness, and eagerness to be heard can be capitalized upon by adults who listen actively. Talk-oriented schools would foster learning that has intellectual, psychological, and social value. Some examples of classroom practice are included. (NH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Cognitive Development, Developmental Programs, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Theories, Experiential Learning, Expressive Language, Language Acquisition, Language Handicaps, Learning Experience, Learning Theories, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Teaching Methods
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Authoring Institution: American Association of Elementary, Kindergarten, and Nursery Educators, Washington, DC.