ERIC Number: ED414090
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Workshop on Emergent Literacy in Childhood Report (Suva, Fiji, February 5-23, 1996).
Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).
This document reports on a workshop on emergent literacy in early childhood held in Fiji. The workshop was sponsored by UNICEF and the Fiji Ministry of Education. The course objectives were to: (1) review education philosophies and methodologies currently influencing early childhood education in Fiji; (2) gain extended knowledge on language enrichment through a variety of activities; (3) prepare learning activities for 3- to 6-year-olds; and (4) gain extended understanding in curriculum planning. Prior to conducting the workshops, the presenters observed several Fiji kindergartens in different settings. There were 28 workshop participants and 4 occasional observers. The workshop included many activities for creating a literacy environment in the kindergarten, such as making low-cost learning materials, writing books, fostering creativity, and taking a trip as the basis for planning an integrated learning topic. Most activities were conducted in small groups. During the workshop, observation visits were made to two kindergartens. Participants were required to plan an integrated weekly program. Evaluation results indicated that participants gained knowledge from the workshop. The Israeli consultants reviewed the workshop and made suggestions and recommendations at a debriefing session; they suggested that objectives of future workshops be very clearly defined and communicated, and that training methods be very participatory and hands-on. (Appendices contain a list of participants, the daily program, newspaper articles about the workshop, and a sample certificate of participation.) (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ministry of Education (Fiji).; United Nations Children's Fund, New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: Golda Meir Mount Carmel International Training Centre, Haifa (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Fiji