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ERIC Number: ED440771
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 14
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Critical Examination of U.S. Curriculum History in Early Childhood Education.
Hyun, Eunsook
This paper examines the history of the early childhood education curriculum in the United States in order to construct a contemporary postmodern curriculum understanding for young children. The paper examines: how curriculum is defined for young children; historical influences in the early childhood curriculum; and the contemporary postmodern understanding for young children. Three major theoretical perspectives influencing early childhood curriculum are described: (1) cultural transmissionist; (2) maturationist naturalism; and (3) constructivism. The paper argues that these three traditional perspectives were formed by a European male-dominant view within a single cultural paradigm. The paper maintains that a postmodernist perspective challenges the form and content of dominant knowledge and curriculum models and produces new forms of knowledge through its emphasis on breaking down disciplines and considering objects of study unrepresentable in the dominant paradigm. (Contains 66 references.) (KB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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