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Keywords

Early childhood education; Child development;

Abstract

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

2002

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education

Department

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Charles R. May

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Date Original

2002

Object Description

1 PDF file (iv, 25 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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