ERIC Number: ED336212
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Joy in Learning: Making It Happen in Early Childhood Classes. NEA Early Childhood Education Series.
Burton, Leon H.
A premise of this book for teachers of young children is that all learning should be challenging, interesting, and enjoyable. Chapters include: (1) A Philosophy for Early Education (concerning the nature of young children, learning contexts, societal expectations); (2) Child Development (concerning independence, self-esteem, cooperative interaction, creative expression, problem solving, physical capability); (3) Joy and Pleasure (concerninng categories of pleasure, joy theory); (4) The Teacher's Role in Joyful Learning (concerning characteristics of successful teachers, design of educational encounters, teacher language and dialog, orchestration and delivery, assessment of joy in learning); (5) Establishing Enjoyable Educational Climates (concerning learning environments, educational climates); (6) Play: Importance to Joy in Learning (concerning dramatic, imitative, symbolic, spontaneous, ritual, and experimental play); (7) Presenting Content in an Enjoyable Way (concerning knowledge structures, the curriculum approach, conceptual development and sequentialism, cyclical organization, curriculum integration, styles of presentation); and (8) Joy Stimulators in Learning and Schooling (concerning a happy beginning for the school day, high quality educational experiences, rights, moods, the process of improving conditions, positive outcomes, school environments, variety of objects and events, dress, speech, vocabulary, affection and touch, the language of praise, rush-hour teaching, courteous language, the process of learning how to learn, a happy ending to the school day, and other topics). Eleven references are listed. (SAK)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Creativity, Curriculum Development, Early Childhood Education, Happiness, Integrated Curriculum, Play, Self Esteem, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Young Children
National Education Association Professional Library, P.O. Box 509, West Haven, CT 06516 (Stock No. 0359-4-00, $9.95; postage paid on pre-paid orders).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Education Association, Washington, DC.