A Constructivist Approach to Block Play in Early Childhood

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Cengage Learning, 2001 - Business & Economics - 220 pages
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This new text provides a fresh and holistic look at the continued relevance of block play to today's children. Students of early childhood education will benefit from the current research, theory, strategies and examples of block play and related topics that are the main focus of this text. A complete history of block play in early childhood education leads the student to current research on brain development. The text links block play to learning by exploring brain-based research and constructivist theories of learning. The role of the early childhood teacher is fully explored, including organizing the classroom, providing blocks and other materials, and documenting the children's learning.
 

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Contents

History and Evolution
3
Influence of Child Study Movement
10
Websites
16
Learning Through Block Play
59
Block Play for Preschool and Kindergarten Children
89
Teachers Role in Fostering Block Play
141
Including Everyone in Block Play
157
Assessing Childrens Block Play
181
Toy Preference Inventory
197
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