Search results for: Child development
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Losing the Whole Child? A National Survey of Primary Education Training Provision for Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development
This study explores trainers’ approaches to organisation and delivery; levels of confidence in delivery; and wider views on the place of spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) in primary schools and in initial teacher training (ITT). The authors conclude that this survey has provided new evidence about the practices and challenges facing those who are training primary teachers in universities and in School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). The authors argue that the promotion of strands relating to children’s personal, social and emotional well-being is essential if children are to fully flourish as human beings.
Updated: Feb. 11, 2018
In this article, the author uses the framework of prek-3rd as a vehicle for exploring the implications of more closely linking Early Childhood Education (ECE) and schooling, focusing especially on philosophical and practical issues raised by this objective. He will examine the reasoning of proponents and raise questions about their assumptions. The prek-3rd posits a heterogeneous population of children moving up through a matrix of diverse learning and developmental tasks at different rates. The author concludes that the example of prek-3rd suggests that there are many positive aspects to the idea of bringing ECE and early schooling closer together, such as a complex view of the child and sensitivity to individual differences; the balance in attention to teaching and learning; and the broadened time frame for considering the transition to school.
Updated: Aug. 04, 2014
The paper describes how field studies can be useful in teacher education. Students teachers participated in a specialty area called Play, learning and development. During this activity, the student teachers collected data about their own and young children's experience and perception of the outdoor environment. The results showed that the student teachers were positive about the involvement of children, teachers, and parents in the data collection process. They also perceived that their knowledge had increased about children's ways of using the outdoor space.
Updated: May. 28, 2013
In this article, the author describes his work with Goddess, a sixteen-month-old child who has never laughed. The author was assigned to work in her classroom as part of his clinical internship during his graduate studies in mental health counseling and human development. The author explores the ways in which Goddess 's relationships with her mother and teachers help her learn to laugh. The author concludes that the mutual transformation that occurred between Goddess and the important relationships in her life has inspired and sustained a support network for her, thereby greatly improving her future prospects.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2012
This paper describes the logistics and process to conduct a play-based assessment (PBA) within the context of an early childhood special education (ECSE) assessment course required for early childhood education (ECE) and ECSE students. The paper describes the characteristics of the participating students and PBA children and families. The article also elaborates the three components of the PBA process: assessing, teaming and reflecting. Furthermore, the article addresses the difficulties along with possible solutions for each of these three components.
Updated: Jan. 05, 2012
School Adjustment in the Early Grades: Toward an Integrated Model of Neighborhood, Parental, and Child Processes
Examining recent research on neighborhood influences on child development, this review focuses on social influences on school adjustment in the early elementary years. A model to guide community research and intervention is presented. The components of the model of integrated processes are neighborhoods and their effects on academic outcomes and neighborhoods as moderators of effects of parental behavior on school-related outcomes.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2008