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ERIC Number: EJ794807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1059-308X
"In the Beginning I Thought It Was All Play:" Parents' Perceptions of the Project Approach in a Second Grade Classroom
Souto-Manning, Mariana; Lee, Kyunghwa
School Community Journal, v15 n2 p7-20 Fall-Win 2005
The idea of learning through projects has a long history in the field of education in general, and in early childhood education in particular. Many educators provide guidelines on how to approach project work with children and assert its benefits in various areas of children's learning and development. Yet few empirical studies investigate what parents think about their children's learning through projects. In this case study, we intend to fill this gap by exploring parents' perspectives of the project approach in a second grade classroom in which a majority of the students were from low-income families. Our analysis revealed the parents' undisputed positive perceptions of project work, which overall included (a) increasing motivation, (b) building a community of learners, (c) utilizing children's strength, (d) improving academic achievement, and (e) encouraging parent involvement. We conclude with implications for early childhood research and practice, particularly for collaboration between teachers and parents. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 2
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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