ERIC Number: ED456892
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Engaging Children's Minds: The Project Approach. Second Edition.
Katz, Lilian G.; Chard, Sylvia C.
Noting that much has happened in the field of early childhood education during the 10 years since publication of the first edition of "The Project Approach," this new edition re-introduces the project approach and suggests applications and examples of the approach in action. Notable additions to this second edition include: (1) two new chapters addressing issues in the selection of project topics and children's drawing and its role in project work; (2) results of 10 years of research and development in the field of early education curriculum and teaching methods in support of project work; and (3) analysis of the Reggio Emilia approach to early education. Chapters are: (1) "Introduction to the Project Approach," outlining the aims and benefits of including project work; (2)"Principles of Practice in the Early Years," summarizing relevant research and offering principles of practice in support of project work; (3) "Project Work in Action," illustrating how projects usually proceed; (4) "Phases and Features of the Project Approach," outlining principal features of the approach that underlie the projects of the previous chapter; (5) "Issues in Selecting Topics for Projects," addressing determining if a topic is appropriate or of sufficient substance and offering criteria; (6) "Teacher Planning," describing some techniques for initial project planning; (7) "Phase I: Getting Projects Started," addressing ways of enlisting children's interest and participation in launching a project; (8) "Phase II: Projects in Progress," discussing preparations for field work and organizing the data gathered; (9) "Phase III: Concluding Projects," discussing various approaches to culminating and evaluating a project; (10) "Drawing in the Context of a Project," addressing the contribution of drawing, different kinds of drawing, and teaching strategies to the efficacy of project work; and (11) "The Project Approach in Perspective," discussing the part of this approach in a balanced curriculum. The book's nine appendices include guidelines for projects on houses and seedpods, instructions for making a book, and several project webs. (Contains 149 references.) (SD)
Descriptors: Active Learning, Child Development, Class Activities, Early Childhood Education, Instructional Innovation, Learning Activities, Parent Participation, Reggio Emilia Approach, Student Motivation, Student Projects, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods, Young Children
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