Early Childhood Curriculum: A Constructivist Perspective

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Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003 - Education - 379 pages
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This text examines curricular goals such as autonomy, development, and problem solving and links those goals with constructivist principles of learning. It explores ways teachers can create meaningful learning environments and choose curriculum tasks--in reading, writing, speaking, math, computers, and physical knowledge--that are linked to the learning and development needs of young children.

Unlike many competing texts, "Early Childhood Curriculum completely integrates curriculum with learning principles, representing true-to-the-spirit implementation of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice.

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Amanda Branscombe is associate professor in the Early Childhood and Elementary Education Department at West Georgia College. She earned her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education at Auburn University and holds two academic Master's Degrees, one in Counseling and Psychological Services and one in English from the Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College. She was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University (1984); on the editorial board of the Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education (1994); and is currently the recipient of several research grants to study, among other things, early literacy and integrated curriculum learning.

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