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ERIC Number: ED254307
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Pages: 12
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Child Ecology: Dimensions to Safeguard the Development and Education of Children.
Schleicher, Klaus
A human-ecological dimension is needed to safeguard the development of children. This "child ecology" will protect children against alienating forces of modern civilization caused by rapid social, cultural, and technical changes. The human-ecological dimension is a contribution toward regaining an overall framework for human self-interpretation and development. A responsible child policy cannot have its foundation in fragmented social strategies, be concerned with partial educational programs, or be subjected to changing politics. It has to allow for an integrated approach and longitudinal consequences. Children who suffer physical and psychological impairments become burdens on society. However, the costs for deficit compensation could be limited by considering family, social, and political factors (which have greater effects on educational attainment than curricula, school organization, and teacher training) and by recognizing discontinuities and bimodal dispositions during a child's development. In order to create a more humanized environment: (1) the family should be valued and supported; (2) prospective parents should be educated, and social institutions should give more support to young families; (3) bimodalities and discontinuities in child development should be taken into account in education; (4) integrated but decentralized social and educational policies should be developed; and (5) the principles of child ecology should be endorsed in early childhood education. (CB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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