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ERIC Number: ED574342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
Pages: 200
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-0-226-26081-5
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The High-­Performing Preschool: Story Acting in Head Start Classrooms
McNamee, Gillian Dowley
University of Chicago Press
"The High-Performing Preschool" takes readers into the lives of three- and four-year-old Head Start students during their first year of school and focuses on the centerpiece of their school day: story acting. In this activity, students act out stories from high-quality children's literature as well as stories dictated by their peers. Drawing on a unique pair of thinkers--Russian psychologist Lev Vygotsky and renowned American teacher and educational writer Vivian G. Paley--Gillian Dowley McNamee elucidates the ways, and reasons, this activity is so successful. She shows how story acting offers a larger blueprint for curricula that helps ensure all preschools--not just those for society's well-to-do--are excellent. McNamee outlines how story acting cultivates children's oral and written language skills. She shows how it creates a crucial opportunity for teachers to guide children inside the interior logic and premises of an idea, and how it fosters the creation of a literary community. Starting with Vygotsky and Paley, McNamee paints a detailed portrait of high-quality preschool teaching, showing how educators can deliver on the promise of Head Start and provide a setting for all young children to become articulate, thoughtful, and literate learners. [Foreword by Michael Cole.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Books
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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Language: English
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