ERIC Number: ED115532
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-26
Reference Count: 0
Democratic Group Process in Early Childhood Curriculum.
Wolf, Lois C.
This paper examines ways in which early childhood education can provide the vital foundation for lifelong attitudes and values toward the democratic process. One goal of early childhood education is to empower the social bonding which brings collaborative relationships to their full potential and gives the child a sense of connectedness to others. In every program there are two levels of curriculum--that which is implicit, the level of life itself, our daily actions; and that which is explicit and planned with conscious goals. In many cases democratic principles are better experienced at the implicit level through the modeling of teachers in their interaction with their young students. Viewing learning and growth as developmental processes, the teacher can practice shared decision making and consensual group governance on levels appropriate to the child's state of development. For example, if the children make plans for a birthday party, they can experience, even at four years of age, joint planning, airing of diverse thoughts, and movement toward consensual resolution under the guidance of a teacher. (Author/DE)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Atlanta, Georgia, November 26-29, 1975)