ERIC Number: ED476815
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
The Power of Projects: Meeting Contemporary Challenges in Early Childhood Classrooms-Strategies and Solutions.
Helm, Judy Harris, Ed.; Beneke, Sallee, Ed.
The project approach to teaching allows children to explore a topic in depth and document his or her learning. This guide for teachers shows how good project work can address challenges faced by early childhood teachers, such as overcoming ill effects of poverty, or responding to children with special needs. The book provides guidelines for curriculum to meet these challenges and shows how project work provides a structure for classrooms focused on children's learning, and shares documentation of highly effective projects. The book begins with two articles providing a rationale for project work: "Contemporary Challenges in Early Childhood Education" (Judy Harris Helm), and "Building a Good Foundation for Children" (Lilian G. Katz). The next five sections present articles documenting how project work addresses the specific challenges outlined earlier: (1) overcoming the ill effects of poverty; (2) moving children toward literacy; (3) responding to children's special needs; (4) supporting second-language learners; and (5) meeting standards effectively. Two concluding articles by Judy Harris Helm address the importance of documentation in project work and future challenges. Appended are answers to frequently asked questions and some practical advice on implementing project work, and a list of recommended resources. (HTH)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disadvantaged, Documentation, Early Childhood Education, Emergent Literacy, Reflective Teaching, Second Language Learning, Special Needs Students, Student Needs, Student Projects, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC.; Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Teachers College.