ERIC Number: ED310963
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Fun of Learning Starts in Kindergarten: Preschool Education in the Federal Republic of Germany.
Bildung und Wissenschaft, n1-2 1989
In our modern industrial society, kindergartens are an indispensable, independent educational facility for children. Priority is given to the all-round, comprehensive promotion of children's natural resources rather than to subject-tied programs. German educator Friedrich Frobel (1782-1852) developed the concept of kindergarten, attaching great importance to free, creative activities as a foundation for more rational schooling in order to develop Lebenseignung (fitness for life). Basic reform in the content of kindergarten work was initiated in the 1970s, characterized by the concepts of social learning and elementary social education. As the state and local governments have considerable autonomy in youth welfare measures, there exists an extraordinary variety of programs. Kindergarten staff are trained through a variety of courses in college or vocational schools. There is a new commitment to providing more flexible hours for kindergartens, and for kindergartens to function as children's centers, combining day care with educational intent. The integration of handicapped children into kindergartens is also being pursued. The special problems of the children of foreign parents call for open-mindedness and a knowledge of the contemporary socio-cultural environment. Addresses of authorities and bodies concerned with kindergarten education, a list of 16 references, and a German-English glossary of keywords are included. (PPB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Inter Nationes, Bonn (West Germany).
Identifiers - Location: West Germany