ERIC Number: ED417866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the Culture of Democracy: Early Childhood Practice.
Hansen, Kirsten A.; Kaufmann, Roxane K.; Saifer, Steffen
Drawing from a compelling educational initiative that introduced developmentally appropriate teaching techniques from the United States to the well-established early childhood programs in Europe and the former Soviet Union, this book contends that there are subtle, yet effective, teaching techniques that encourage choice, individualism, creativity, equality, respect for differences, and appreciation of individuals' needs while maintaining the balance for the greater good of the group. The book offers clear and specific guidance, examples, methods, and language to help prepare young citizens to flourish in the culture of democracy. Topics addressed include opportunity and self-initiative, appreciation of differences and similarities, and family culture. The chapters of the book are: (1) "Education and Democracy"; (2) The Child-Centered Classroom"; (3) "Creation of a Plan for the Child-Centered Classroom"; (4) "Equality"; (5) "Skills, Talents, and Creativity"; (6) "Encouragement of Positive Behavior"; (7) "Development of Healthy Habits"; (8) "Communication with Children, Parents, and Others"; (9) "Family and Community Involvement"; and (10) "The Transition to Primary School." Each of the chapters includes a "parent page" with suggestions for supporting the particular democratic ideal of the chapter. Contains 14 references. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Democracy, Democratic Values, Diversity (Student), Early Childhood Education, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Role, Personal Autonomy, School Readiness
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Children's Resources International, Inc., Washington, DC.; Open Society Inst., New York, NY.