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ERIC Number: EJ985955
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
"I've Adopted a Tiger": Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Infants through an Active and Integrated Approach
Maitles, Henry; McAlpine, Colette
Education 3-13, v40 n5 p515-531 2012
In Scotland, A Curriculum for Excellence [Curriculum Review Group. 2004. A curriculum for excellence. (accessed January 6, 2010).] is being implemented in every school from August 2010. This gives teachers greater responsibility, flexibility and professional autonomy when planning and delivering the curriculum. A Curriculum for Excellence is the major priority in every school's Improvement Plan, and schools should be adopting teaching, learning and assessment strategies that support the four capacities of A Curriculum for Excellence (successful learners, confident individuals, responsible citizens, effective communicators). The Curriculum for Excellence describes experiences and outcomes for children's learning in ways that will support a more active and integrated approach to teaching and learning within the curriculum. This article reports on one infant teacher's attempt to plan and implement a programme of study for the social studies topic "The Zoo", adopting an active and integrated approach to teaching and learning for her Primary 2 class (children aged 5-6 years). Dealing with children of 5-6 years requires a varied methodological approach. The approaches involved questionnaires to parents, observations of pupil involvement in lessons and focus group interviews with pupils. There was a strict ethical approach taken, which involved both parental and pupil consent as well as allowing pupils to opt out at any time. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)