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Autonomy, the ability to govern one's self, is an admired attribute in adults. The concern for the development of autonomy in young children is not new to the field of education. Piaget acknowledged autonomy as the goal of education over 50 years ago (Piaget, 1932). It is the opinion of the followers of Piaget that in order to develop autonomy to a marked degree, children must be given opportunities to make decisions and gain control of their own lives. Piagetian theory maintains that children construct their own reality based on their interactions with their environment (Kamii & DeVries, 1978). Therefore, a teacher who is in agreement with the constructivist philosophy will create an atmosphere in which the children are encouraged to discover the laws of reality by testing their own hypotheses and making their own judgments.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Mary Nan K. Aldridge


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