ERIC Number: ED264967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov-15
Reference Count: 0
Making Child Development Relevant for All Children.
Houston, Elizabeth S.
Teachers must be aware of the different circumstances which contribute to children's learning and make their programs relevant to all participating youth. They must know or learn about each child as an individual and about cultural differences, ethnicity, and ecological or social conditions in which children live. Teachers of black youngsters should incorporate key features of black children's home life into the preschool learning environment. Hale (1982) suggests that teachers be drawn from the community served in order to create a learning environment that complements the home culture. Her curriculum model is one in which Afro-American culture is explored and legitimated at the same time. Teachers must also understand other variables associated with teaching young children; among these are computer technology and the media. There are several good reasons for providing preschool children with computer experiences. The earlier a child is introduced to the microcomputer, the more comfortable he or she will feel with this new technological tool. The microcomputer can motivate children to be more creative as they draw upon other acquired skills; it also allows children to work cooperatively with one another. Television has been found to promote passivity, discourage creativity, and reduce the time children have for social interaction. Still, television has positive features as well as negative. Dedicated, responsible teachers, though, are the major influences on children. Charting a course for the child's future, they comprehend children's rights, as stated in the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of the Child, and work to ensure that children receive their just entitlements. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (New Orleans, LA, November 13-17, 1985).