ERIC Number: ED053807
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Designs and Proposal for Early Childhood Research: A New Look: On Attaining the Goals of Early Childhood Education. (One in a Series of Six Papers).
Rohwer, William D., Jr.; Grotberg, Edith H., Ed.
A detailed analysis of the objectives of education and the practices of schooling leads to the suggestion that neither are being achieved. Proposed is a revised statement of the goal of education: Education is to assist the student to be adaptive with respect to extra-school tasks. The following educational objectives seem relevant to realizing this goal: To promote the student's acquisition of: (1) a repertory of skills for accurately locating and efficiently learning new information and new skills; (2) a repertory of skills for solving problems; and (3) motivational systems that will incline him to engage in learning and problem solving on a continuing basis. One obligation is to determine the character of the skills needed, the optimal timing for instruction in these skills, and the optimal methods of instruction. The major portion of this paper is concerned with examination of this obligation. Included are a description of selected prerequisite skills, accounts of what is known about the emergence of such skills depending on characteristics of the student, information on what is known about instruction designed to promote the emergence of the skills, and notes on what is not known about these skills. (NH)
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Authoring Institution: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation.