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ERIC Number: EJ999129
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7417
Early Childhood Education: A Model for 21st Century Secondary Education
Berndt, Rene
Educational Facility Planner, v46 n2-3 p10-13 2012
As the designer of primary and secondary educational facilities, the author has become familiar with educational thinkers such as Sir Kenneth Robinson, Peter Senge, Ewan McIntosh, Daniel Pink and Howard Gardner--each promoting an approach based on system-thinking, self-directed exploration and multidimensional, interactive learning. In 2009, he had the opportunity to design the Headstart-operated Mount Hood Community College Early Childhood Center in Gresham, Oregon. Being new to the subject, he began with extensive research and it was not long before he recognized many of these strategies in the early childcare education pedagogy of Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. All three approaches were born out of a utopian desire for a better world. Each approach also understood early education of children to be the first step in creating the building blocks for a society which affords all citizens a chance to live a healthy, peaceful and fulfilled life, free from war and poverty. Each of these philosophies promotes a balanced approach addressing all intelligences of the child, a baseline which Howard Gardner confirmed again in 1983. However, there are several distinct elements in each strategy which could provide an interesting practical application in primary and secondary education today. The illustrations in this article represent his interpretation of the essential spatial expression characteristic of each early learning pedagogy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy; Oregon