ERIC Number: ED449922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
The Primary Program: Growing and Learning in the Heartland. Second Edition.
Kelly, Marilyn, Ed.
This primary education curriculum guide was developed jointly by the Iowa and Nebraska Departments of Education to provide educators with a coherent framework to guide local planning for reform of educational programs for children at the kindergarten and primary level. In the belief that the field has moved beyond separate areas of service or curriculum, this second edition of the guide presents content related both to differences among learners and to emergent areas of curriculum throughout the text, reflecting the way children learn best--in an integrated and inclusive fashion. Following a preface, the first part of the guide outlines the paradigm shift underlying the guide and highlights principles of implementation and factors for consideration. The second part outlines the guiding principles and goals of the primary program in relation to children's artistic and aesthetic, social and emotional, intellectual, and physical development, as well as development of responsibility. This part also presents position statements in areas including standards, ethics, learning through play, school readiness, tracking and retention, assessment, class size, and grouping. The third part explores the learning environment and teacher as decision maker, and covers partnerships with families and communities, cultural diversity, transitions, active learning, and technology. The fourth part examines curriculum and assessment, including widely held expectations, and goals for development and learning. The guide concludes with a list of contributors, state education agencies, and reviewers. (HTH)
Descriptors: Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary School Curriculum, Family Involvement, Integrated Curriculum, Multicultural Education, Primary Education, State Curriculum Guides
Office of Children and Families, Nebraska Department of Education, 301 Centennial Mall South, P.O. Box 94987, Lincoln, NE 68509-4987 (Orders in Nebraska and Iowa, $25. Orders outside Nebraska and Iowa, $35).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Nebraska State Dept. of Education, Lincoln. Office of Children and Families.; Iowa State Dept. of Education, Des Moines. Div. of Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa; Nebraska