ERIC Number: ED402080
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Serious Players in the Primary Classroom: Empowering Children through Active Learning Experiences.
This book presents a theoretical framework that weaves together three threads: (1) the importance of play in the social, psychological, and intellectual development of children; (2) the human need for personal power and the gratification that challenge in active learning experiences brings to one's feelings of self-worth; and (3) the imperative of respect for children--respect for them and for their choices. The position is taken that when certain conditions exist in a classroom, children become empowered by increasing their sense of self-worth, self-respect, and intellectual competence. Outlining teaching strategies and curriculum practices that enable children to develop a "can-do" spirit, the book offers a model for structuring the early childhood classroom built on an approach to teaching for thinking called "play-debriefing-replay." Following a section on perspectives on empowerment in children, the book is divided into sections covering activities before play, during play, and after play. The chapters are: (1) "The Can-Do Child"; (2) "The Can-Do Classroom"; (3) "The Teacher Decides"; (4) "Organizing the Can-Do Classroom"; (5) "Preparing Children for the Can-Do Classroom"; (6) "Curriculum for Serious Players"; (7) "Serious Play in Science"; (8) "Serious Play in Social Studies"; (9) "Serious Play in Mathematics"; (10) "Serious Play in the Language Arts"; (11) "Creative Play Opportunities"; (13) "Evaluation of Serious Players." Appendices (13) "Appendixes offer Evaluation of Serious Players." Appendices offer a list of materials for a "Can-Do Classroom" and teacher self-study tools. Contains 62 references. (AMC)
Descriptors: Art Education, Dramatic Play, Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Mathematics, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Language Arts, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Mathematics Curriculum, Music Activities, Pretend Play, Reading Strategies, Science Activities, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Social Studies, Teacher Student Relationship
Teachers College Press, P.O. Box 20, Williston, VT 05495-0020 ($18.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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