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ERIC Number: ED259826
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Sep
Pages: 60
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Early Childhood Education in Minnesota: A Position Paper.
Moncada, Corinna
This paper offers brief discussions of central aspects of public policy and curriculum guidelines for early childhood education in Minnesota and provides capsule descriptions of Piagetian research and national events reflecting trends in early childhood education. Following examination of these topics, the discussion contrasts the Piagetian approach to the development of knowledge and moral values with that of the scientific theory developed by learning theorists. Educational implications of a generally Piagetian approach to education are specified and compared with present practices common in public school kindergartens and primary grades. The comparison is organized around the following questions: What is the aim of education from society's point of view? What is the aim of education for the individual? How does one know? What are the sources of knowledge? What is development? What factors influence development? What is learning? What is the relationship of language to thought? What is the relationship of play to thought and learning? How should one teach? What should the curriculum be like? And, finally, what educational policies are needed to foster Piagetian perspectives for early childhood education in Minnesota? It is concluded that education must take a Piagetian approach because the present model of schooling is not capable of producing citizens with abilities and qualities demanded by conditions of a rapidly changing world. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Minnesota