ERIC Number: ED104529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Day Care Premises: A Boon to the Elementary School.
Yawkey, Thomas D.; Aronin, Eugene L.
This paper discusses some of the new ways of looking at the growth and development of children that were pioneered by the day care and preschool movement of the 1960's, and that are currently being adopted by the elementary schools. Specifically, five premises about child development are outlined: (1) the notion that the I. Q. is flexible; (2) the child can be taught if his present level of functioning is determined and the appropriate procedures are utilized; (3) development occurs through constant interaction with the environment: environment influences not only what development takes place, but when it takes place; (4) self-concept is extremely important; and (5) parent influence on child development can be utilized to enhance child growth and educational performance. Each of these premises is then discussed within theoretical and practical frameworks. Some of the innovative elementary school activities derived from these perspectives are described. It is surmised that increased use of such assumptions about child growth will lead again to the "discovery" of the benefits of education for the child at the earliest ages, not as an aid for the disadvantaged, but rather as an alternative in the life style of the family. (CS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Div. of Early Childhood Education.