ERIC Number: ED379067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Constructing Curriculum for the Primary Grades.
Dodge, Diane Trister; And Others
There is a growing consensus among educators that a major reason why traditional curriculum approaches have failed is that they are not based on knowledge of what is age-appropriate or individually appropriate for young children. This book provides practitioners with a practical framework for making curriculum effective and responsive for children in the primary grades. Part 1 presents the six teaching strategies for constructing and implementing such a curriculum: (1) knowing the children by understanding their developmental and individual characteristics as well as their cultural context; (2) building a classroom community that is able to address children's social, emotional, and cognitive development; (3) structuring the classroom and involving children in it; (4) guiding children's learning by encouraging their participation; (5) assessing children's learning; and (6) building a partnership with a significant adult in the child's home life. Part 2 of the book shows how the five subject areas of curriculum content--language and literacy, mathematical thinking, scientific thinking, social studies, and the arts and technology--can be taught within a developmentally appropriate framework. Lists of resources and references appear throughout the book. (BAC)
Descriptors: Art Activities, Classroom Design, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Style, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Objectives, Integrated Curriculum, Language Arts, Literacy, Mathematics, Parent Participation, Physical Development, Primary Education, Social Development, Social Studies, Teacher Student Relationship
Teaching Strategies, Inc., P.O. Box 42243, Washington, DC 20015 ($39.95; discount on orders over 10 copies).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Teachers; Parents; Practitioners
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Head Start Bureau.
Authoring Institution: N/A