ERIC Number: ED280599
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Mar-7
Reference Count: 0
Balancing Priorities for Children.
Discussion focuses on teachers' beliefs and values as they relate to working with young children. Specific attention is given to (1) whether the reported blurring of the boundaries between child-life and adult-life has affected the education of young children; (2) parental pressure to provide very young children with persistently optimal experiences; (3) changing children to fit the curriculum, rather than changing programs to meet the needs of children; (4) stress-related symptoms seen in young children; (5) the importance of investigating how children learn, as opposed to what they learn; (6) the effect of different approaches to the kindergarten curriculum on children's retention of gains; (7) the uses of play and unstructured materials for the development of young children; (8) learning to read and write; (9) differences in the ways two teachers implemented their values and beliefs in different contexts of administrative priorities; (10) support for the personal development of teachers as professionals; and (11) the problem of very low salaries in the field of early childhood education. (RH)
Descriptors: Beliefs, Cognitive Style, Early Childhood Education, Educational Environment, Educational Practices, Elementary School Curriculum, Learning Experience, Literacy Education, Mass Media Effects, Parents, Preschool Teachers, Readiness, School Entrance Age, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Methods, Television Viewing, Values, Young Children
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Keynote address presented at the Oregon Joint Conference on Early Childhood Education (March 7, 1987).