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ERIC Number: ED280569
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Jan-9
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Knowledge Base of Kindergarten Education.
Spodek, Bernard
After introductory remarks on the magnitude of changes that have taken place in early childhood education within the last 30 years, discussion focuses on early childhood research related to cognitive learning, social learning, and literacy. Social learning in kindergarten is discussed in terms of research findings on the effects of positive social reinforcement, nurturance, modeling, the need to set clear expectations for student behavior, the assignment of personal attributes, peer group membership, and the need to learn the student role. The topic of kindergarten and literacy is discussed in terms of approaches to early reading instruction, reading readiness programs, programs integrating reading and writing with children's ideas and vocal utterances, programs emphasing comprehension, and the characteristics of a literacy-rich kindergarten environment. Cognitive learning in early childhood education is discussed in terms of research based on a Piagetian perspective. Brief concluding remarks focus on current knowledge bases for designing and implementing an appropriate kindergarten curriculum, and the need for teachers to integrate their professional knowledge with community wishes for kindergarten instruction. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Five-Year-Olds in School Conference (East Lansing, MI, January 9, 1987).