ERIC Number: ED360059
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Developmental Continuity across Preschool and Primary Grades. Implications for Teachers.
Barbour, Nita H.; Seefeldt, Carol
Developmental continuity refers to designing early childhood instruction that provides learning experiences based on children's prior knowledge, follows a natural progression across preschool and the early grades, and allows progress at each child's rate and style of learning. There are many ways of providing developmental continuity, but common to all is the idea that teachers, parents, and administrators work together to provide a continuum of developmentally appropriate educational experiences for children. This book is a resource for teachers who wish to put developmental continuity into practice in their classrooms. The book is organized in six chapters. Chapter 1 discusses the meaning and history of developmental continuity and associated problems and concerns. Chapter 2 serves as a planning guide and highlights some projects already in place. Necessary changes in school and classroom organization, the importance of coordination of schools with preschools, and communication with parents and the community are examined in chapter 3. Chapter 4 covers the creation of meaningful curriculum for developmental continuity, and chapter 5 offers suggestions for structuring the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual environment in which the curriculum will be implemented. Finally, chapter 6 examines evaluation issues and discusses methods for documenting children's progress and achievement. Contains 80 references. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development, Developmental Continuity, Developmental Programs, Developmental Stages, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Teachers, Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Instructional Development, Instructional Improvement, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Children, Preschool Teachers, School Community Relationship, Student Evaluation
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Association for Childhood Education International, Wheaton, MD.