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Early childhood education; Child development;


This paper is a review of the literature relative to developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. The primary focus of this paper was to look at the strengths and weaknesses of developmentally appropriate practices in today's early childhood classroom. Developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) was described and discussed in the research as the following: age appropriate, and individually appropriate practices and curricula for early childhood students and educators (National Association for the Education of Young Children). Early childhood research and theory was discussed to determine the need for careful planning when teaching young children. The critical side of the issue dealt with realities in trying to implement the developmental model in the face of many problems. These problems include overcrowded classrooms and tight budgets. The intent of this paper was to present a balanced view of the pros and cons concerning the education of young children in a developmentally appropriate manner. This discussion focused on some of the real problems educators face in trying to do so. The conclusion of this study dealt with recommendations for finding a balance in any early childhood program, informing parents prior to implementation, and having the resources available in order to successfully plan an early childhood program that is developmental in nature.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Charles R. May


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