ERIC Number: EJ818686
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
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Research into Practice: What Do You Really Know about Learning and Development?
Harlin, Rebecca P.
Journal of Research in Childhood Education, v23 n1 p125 Fall 2008
The assumptions about children's development are challenged by recent research findings that show learning begins at an earlier age and proceeds at a different pace than expected. Sometimes researchers find that they have misunderstood children's cognitive, social, and physical development due to errors in measurement (faulty tests or tools), limited observations in school settings, and short-range, rather than longitudinal, studies. This article reveals new insights about young children's humor, levels of physical activity at school and home, the importance of play and the arts, literacy, and mathematics learning. Collectively, these studies raise questions about the factors, circumstances, and experiences that contribute to or detract from children's growth and competence. Thus, the author suggests that educators must be willing to reconsider what they think they know in light of what is now known about child development.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Development, Family Environment, Mathematics Education, Physical Activities, Physical Activity Level, Physical Development, Developmental Stages, Young Children, Humor
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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