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ERIC Number: EJ929644
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
The Wedding Project: Introducing the Project Approach
Sorrels, Barbara; Norris, Deborah; Sheeran, Linda
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v25 n1 p85-92 2004
Constructivist education, based on the theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, advocates an approach to curriculum and teaching that is student centered, inquiry based, integrated and intellectually engaging. One teaching strategy that provides such an experience is the Project Approach, reflective of the pedagogy of John Dewey and introduced as a model for exploration and in-depth inquiry by Katz and Chard (1992). The use of projects in teacher education programs is recognized as an effective way of assisting students in acquiring the knowledge base necessary to be an accomplished early childhood educator. However, Oklahoma State University (OSU) faculty use projects to model a different purpose. Instead of using the approach to develop a knowledge base of teacher education skills and content, it is used to demonstrate the motivational power of developing projects around student interests. In this article, the authors describe the "Wedding Project" which allows pre-service teachers to experience first hand the level of engagement and enthusiasm for learning that results when student interests are integrated into the curriculum. It demonstrates that the ordinary experiences of life can provide rich learning opportunities, integrated across all content domains. Weddings may not be a topic of interest to all groups of pre-service teachers around the country. But just as early childhood teachers carefully listen to children, early childhood teacher educators can listen to students and demonstrate how to mine the richness of ordinary experience. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma