ERIC Number: EJ1149147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Social Studies, Social Competence and Citizenship in Early Childhood Education: Developmental Principles Guide Appropriate Practice
Kemple, Kristen M.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v45 n5 p621-627 Sep 2017
The purpose of this article is to examine the nature of appropriate social studies education in the Kindergarten and Pre-Kindergarten years. The importance of social competence development as a basic foundation of the social studies in the early years of schooling is examined, with particular attention to the commonalities shared between goals and strategies for social competence and for civic ideals and practices. Knowledge of developmental direction in child development is described and illustrated as a tool for considering the importance of using close-to-home lessons built on children's own experiences, prior to lessons about more distal concepts. Historical foundations of developmentally appropriate social studies are revisited, and their relevance is discussed, with regard to social studies education in the kindergartens and pre-kindergartens of today.
Descriptors: Social Studies, Citizenship, Interpersonal Competence, Preschool Education, Kindergarten, Civics, Child Development, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
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