ERIC Number: ED071744
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970-Jan
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A Case for Early Learning: An Invitational Environment for Children, Ages 3 - 6.
Randazzo, Joseph D.
The challenges facing education today, in particular the educational programs for children aged 3 to 6, are found to be many and varied, with the failures in urban settings pointing up the need for different and responsive learning environments. In the development of alternatives to current conditions in the schools today, the following are investigated: (1) some sources of our American tradition for the education of the young; (2) the most current investigations into the development of the intellect; and (3) what we are learning about how children really learn. The child from three to six years of age is said to need (1) independence, (2) order and sense, (3) to communicate, (4) coordinated movement, (5) to abstract, (6) to calculate, (7) repetition, (8) gregariousness, (9) concentration, (10) to satisfy curiosity, and (11) the development of a creative imagination. The need for allowing children to acquire the basic learning skills at an earlier age so that they can then engage in the "humanizing" elements of their education is stressed. The basic skills are considered to be the cognitive skills--Perceptual/Motor Development, Language Development, Concept Formation, and Problem Solving. The second major basic learning area is the affective domain, which leads to the development of social responsibility, commitment, and success identity for children. A design for a learning environment for children ages 3 to 6 years is presented. The program initiated by the Hartford (Connecticut) Public School System to meet the educational needs of young learners in that community is described. (DB)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Behavioral Objectives, Cognitive Development, Creative Teaching, Early Childhood Education, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Needs, Individualized Instruction, Learning Processes, Models, Preschool Education, Research Reports, Skill Development, Teacher Role
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Authoring Institution: Hartford Public Schools, CT.
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut