ERIC Number: ED435501
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
What Should Children Learn? Making Choices and Taking Chances.
New, Rebecca S.
Early Childhood Research & Practice, v1 n2 Fall 1999
The basic premise of this paper is that decisions about children and their early educational experiences are culturally situated and, by definition, will reflect varying interpretations of appropriate educational aims and strategies. Drawing upon three decades of experience in the Italian culture as well as preliminary findings from a collaborative research project with several Italian communities (including Milan, Trento, Reggio Emilia, Parma, and San Miniato), the paper emphasizes the necessity and validity of diverse interpretations of early childhood programs, the relationship between goals for children and societal expectations for adults, and the importance of adult relationships (among parents, teachers, and community members) to the negotiation of educational goals for children growing up in a pluralistic democratic society. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Child Relationship, Cultural Influences, Educational Objectives, Family School Relationship, Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Parent Student Relationship, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Partnerships in Education, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Public Policy, Reggio Emilia Approach, School Community Relationship, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Italy