ERIC Number: ED463855
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
The Lively Kindergarten: Emergent Curriculum in Action.
Jones, Elizabeth; Evans, Kathleen; Rencken, Kay Stritzel
Noting the challenges presented for kindergarten teachers by current demands for accountability based on standardized measures that ignore diversity, this book presents ideas for implementing a developmentally-appropriate kindergarten curriculum within the constraints of American public schools. Following introductory remarks, the book is organized into four sections. Section 1 presents an overview of emergent teaching. Section 2 presents the stories of four kindergarten teachers, along with sections reflecting about the events in those and other teachers' stories in order to build a collective theory regarding the emergent curriculum for kindergarten students. Section 3 addresses factors related to implementing the emergent curriculum, including the classroom setting, teacher behaviors that support the emergent curriculum, building a community of learners, and assessment of learning. Following each chapter in this section are reflections providing another perspective on the content. Section 4 discusses issues related to working with colleagues to advocate for change. (Contains 168 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Constructivism (Learning), Culturally Relevant Education, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Teachers, Primary Education, Standards, Student Evaluation, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.