ERIC Number: ED364329
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Dec
What Is New in Early Childhood Education: Do We Accept the Challenges?
Yawkey, Thomas D.
Several trends are significantly affecting the early childhood education field, with the major accomplishment of crystallizing the scope of early childhood education as birth through 8 years of age. These trends and innovations include the following: (1) restructuring early childhood education programs, by introducing formal schooling, decentralizing schools, developing extended-day programs, and certifying early school teachers; (2) promoting positive self-concepts among children, through such programs as Project PIAGET (Promoting Intellectual Adaptation Given Experiential Transforming), a bilingual early childhood education program that employs social reinforcement for young children's actions, activities, modeling, playing, and imitating for a positive mosaic of self; (3) developing "thinking" skills and the attitudinal conditions (e.g., intellectual curiosity, objectivity, and open-mindedness) that promote skills such as focusing on a question, judging the credibility of a source, deducing and judging deductions, defining terms, and deciding on an action; (4) emphasizing active learning through involvement with physical objects and experiential social situations in such modes as play, imitation, two- and three-dimensional models, and onomatopoeia; (5) involving parents in their children's education by helping the parents understand their roles as their children's first teachers, understand school procedures, and develop positive attitudes toward school; (6) using computers; and (7) using peer groups as facilitators of learning. Individually and collectively, these trends present substantial challenges to early childhood teachers, administrators, parents, and children. (Contains 34 references.) (AC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the International Congress on Early Childhood Education (1st, Ponce, Puerto Rico, December 1990).