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ERIC Number: ED286652
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Children Come First.
Coe, John
After a brief story illustrating the essential humanness of the work of educators, a British educator addressing an American audience reviews fundamental ideas about the nature of children and offers suggestions about optimal classroom practices. The ideas about the nature of children which are presented concern the uniqueness of individuals and their experience; the importance of learning through words which are related to children's experience; children's feelings and emotions; and children's natural dispositions toward curiosity, exploration, learning, imagination, and fantasy. Cautionary remarks on current educational practices are offered in conclusion. Teachers are encouraged to assess the worth of their efforts by often asking themselves whether the time students spend with them in class was good enough to be part of someone's life. (RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Childhood Education International Study Conference (Omaha, NE, April 30-May 3, 1987).