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ERIC Number: ED398998
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan
Pages: 21
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The Sociomoral Development of Young Children at the East End Children's Workshop. A Phoenix Foundation Pilot Project.
Ander, Curry
Based on the belief that critical thinking patterns, language abilities, and social skills that develop from birth to age 6 are foundational to children's sociomoral development, the Phoenix Project was developed to explore the factors contributing to and affecting children's sociomoral development. This pilot project was carried out by the Phoenix Foundation and the East End Children's Workshop (EECW) in Portland, Maine. The three goals of this project were: (1) to study the question of "why do some children have more resiliency than others in similar difficult situations, and how can we remote that resiliency?"; (2) to seek ways to develop a curriculum model as a primary tool to address children's sociomoral development and resiliency; and (3) to create a system of collaborative services that support the families served at EECW and the surrounding East End neighborhood. Among the findings and accomplishments of the project are the following: (1) careful definitions helped frame the scope of the project; (2) curriculum is an emerging process; (3) resiliency in children has specific qualities; (4) focusing on sociomoral development begins by finding strengths; (5) enhancing meaningful relationships with parents is critical; and (6) ensuring a sense of safety can be difficult. Recommendations to improve the Phoenix Project include developing an emerging curriculum that emphasizes sociomoral development, and continuing high quality training and support for staff. (Five attachments contain a glossary, drawings of the EECW site, 36 references, a neighborhood questionnaire, and a list of organizations and individuals who contributed to the project and to this report.) (MOK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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