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Goals and Curricula in Early Childhood [microform] / John Bennett
Bib ID 5682049
Format MicroformMicroform, BookBook
Author
Bennett, John
 
Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 2001 
38 p. 
Summary

This paper outlines the argument that there is a convergence of curricular goals across early childhood services in all European countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and a move to define more clearly the developmental goals and outcomes that services should achieve; the trend is positive for both children and professional staff. First, the paper reviews preschool curriculum use across countries. Many European countries now have national early childhood curricula or, at least, state goals and objectives for their preschools. The paper then briefly outlines reasons in favor of having national curricula or frameworks, while noting the strong resistance to academic curricula, particularly among parents in the Nordic countries. A contrast is then drawn between two different types of official curricula: the "framework, consultative curriculum" and the "central, competency-based curriculum." This section discusses how both types of curriculum can lead to good practice; much depends on the pedagogical approach adopted and whether the structural conditions of high-quality early childhood services, such as well-trained staff and adequate staff-to-child ratios, are respected. The paper's final section discusses ways to bridge the two curricular traditions. Appendices contain examples of national curricular goals. (Contains 44 references.) (EV)

Notes

ERIC Note: In: Early Childhood Education and Care: International Perspectives. The Report of a Consultative Meeting (New York, NY, May 11-12, 2000); see PS 029 473.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18: https://eric.ed.gov/

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Day Care.  |  Early Childhood Education.  |  Educational Objectives.  |  Foreign Countries.  |  National Curriculum.  |  National Programs.  |  National Standards.  |  Outcomes of Education.  |  Policy Analysis.  |  Program Effectiveness.  |  Day Care Quality Europe Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development
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