ERIC Number: ED135069
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Reference Count: N/A
A Developmental Psychologist Looks at Educational Policy: Or the Hurrier I Go the Behinder I Get. An Occasional Paper.
Bee, Helen L.
This review of developmental psychology research points out that in many areas, research has not (and, in some cases, cannot) answer complex questions relating to child development. The author surveys research dealing with disadvantaged and minority group children whose achievement seems to lag behind other children. She questions whether this achievement lag is a result of differences in basic competence or differences in performance alone. The research is inconclusive, although some does indicate that early intervention (early childhood education) can help close the gap. The same is true for handicapped and retarded children. She notes the prevalent sex stereotyping that occurs in the schools and argues that the schools ought to portray men and women, as much as possible, in equivalent roles and with equivalent skills and characteristics. The author concludes that while research can point to areas in which rethinking of goals is needed, the selection of goals themselves should be based on other criteria as well, such as a vision of what society should be like in the future and value judgments about the nature and proper function of education. (Author/DS)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Child Development, Cognitive Development, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Stages, Disadvantaged Youth, Early Childhood Education, Educational Research, Educational Theories, Exceptional Persons, Literature Reviews, Minority Group Children, Sex Stereotypes
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Publication Type: Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Inst. for Humanistic Studies, New York, NY.
Note: This review was developed by the Program on Education for a Changing Society