Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Early childhood education; Child development;
The purpose of this paper was to conduct a review of research to determine whether a developmental or an academic curriculum is most appropriate for kindergarten classrooms. The research outlined the benefits of developmentally appropriate practice, including increased academic performance and better social skills. The research also showed the detriments of developmentally inappropriate practice, including increased stress levels, a stifling of enthusiasm for learning and less advanced academic and social skills.
However, in spite of the research, many early childhood professionals are not fully implementing developmentally appropriate practice. Three main obstacles to full implementation were the following: (a) increased accountability from state and local authorities, (b) the downward shift of curriculum expectations from the next grade level, and (c) increased expectations from parents. Detailed conclusions from the research were drawn and recommendations for developmentally appropriate classrooms were made.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Charles R. May
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©2002 Amy Phillips
Phillips, Amy, "Maintaining developmentally appropriate practice in an increasingly academic kindergarten" (2002). Graduate Research Papers. 1345.