ERIC Number: ED470871
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
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Project Approach: Celebrating Human Dimensions of Learning.
Elliott, Mary Jane
This paper presents reflections on the power of project work as it enhances the character development and self-awareness of the young child. Examples from projects illustrate the development of these human values based on project investigations of 4- and 5-year-old children from Hong Kong International School. The first set of investigations focuses on honoring the wisdom of the individual child. Emphasis is placed on respecting the child as learner and the teacher as facilitator. Several examples are highlighted: (1) Measuring the height of an apartment building: Should a child be permitted to try doing an impossible task? What is the role of the teacher when a child makes a mistake? (2) Filling a bottle with water: When a naive hypothesis is suggested for investigation, can that topic be worthwhile pursuing? The second set of investigations focuses on highlighting the social development of the child: (1) Playing the role of St. Nick: Whose shoes get the treats? How does a sense of social awareness develop as this question is answered? (2) Engaging in "on-the-job" training: To what extent does working with professionals at school create a learning community? Answers to these questions help illuminate the dimensions of "humanness" that are apparent in project work and that are worthy of understanding and celebrating. (Author)
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Learning Processes, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
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