How Parents and Teachers Can Make a Difference
Author: Laura E. Berk
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
View: 3544Based on the most recent contemporary research, this is a wide-ranging and practical guide to parenthood and early childhood education. 7 halftones.
The Project Approach
Author: Lilian G. Katz,Sylvia C. Chard,Yvonne Kogan
View: 7687Now in its third edition, this book shows teachers how to incorporate the Project Approach into early childhood and elementary curricula, engaging children intellectually and heightening their capacities for thinking, hypothesizing, reasoning, and expressing their natural curiosity. • Presents the philosophical, theoretical, and research bases of project work that serve to explain how the Project Approach enables children to make better, more in-depth and accurate sense of their experiences and phenomena in their everyday environment • Includes descriptions of numerous projects implemented with children in a wide variety of settings to guide teachers through developing their own successful projects with children • Provides a comprehensively updated new edition of the well-known standard book on the Project Approach
What Children's Minds Tell Us about Truth, Love & the Meaning of Life
Author: Alison Gopnik
Publisher: Random House
View: 3961For most of us, having a baby is the most profound, intense, and fascinating experience of our lives. Now scientists and philosophers are starting to appreciate babies, too. The last decade has witnessed a revolution in our understanding of infants and young children. Scientists used to believe that babies were irrational, and that their thinking and experience were limited. Recently, they have discovered that babies learn more, create more, care more, and experience more than we could ever have imagined. And there is good reason to believe that babies are actually cleverer, more thoughtful, and even more conscious than adults. This new science holds answers to some of the deepest and oldest questions about what it means to be human. A new baby's captivated gaze at her mother's face lays the foundations for love and morality. A toddler's unstoppable explorations of his playpen hold the key to scientific discovery. A three-year-old's wild make-believe explains how we can imagine the future, write novels, and invent new technologies. Alison Gopnik - a leading psychologist and philosopher, as well as a mother - explains the groundbreaking new psychological, neuroscientific, and philosophical developments in our understanding of very young children, transforming our understanding of how babies see the world, and in turn promoting a deeper appreciation for the role of parents.
How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds--For Better and Worse
Author: Jane M. Healy
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
View: 9888In this comprehensive, practical, and unsettling look at computers in children's lives, Jane M. Healy, Ph.D., questions whether computers are really helping or harming children's development. Once a bedazzled enthusiast of educational computing but now a troubled skeptic, Dr. Healy examines the advantages and drawbacks of computer use for kids at home and school, exploring its effects on children's health, creativity, brain development, and social and emotional growth. Today, the Federal Government allocates scarce educational funding to wire every classroom to the Internet, software companies churn out "educational" computer programs even for preschoolers, and school administrators cut funding and space for books, the arts, and physical education to make room for new computer hardware. It is past the time to address these issues. Many parents and even some educators have been sold on the idea that computer literacy is as important as reading and math. Those who haven't hopped on the techno bandwagon are left wondering whether they are shortchanging their children's education or their students' futures. Few people stop to consider that computers, used incorrectly, may do far more harm than good. New technologies can be valuable educational tools when used in age-appropriate ways by properly trained teachers. But too often schools budget insufficiently for teacher training and technical support. Likewise, studies suggest that few parents know how to properly assist children's computer learning; much computer time at home may be wasted time, drawing children away from other developmentally important activities such as reading, hobbies, or creative play. Moreover, Dr. Healy finds that much so-called learning software is more "edutainment" than educational, teaching students more about impulsively pointing and clicking for some trivial goal than about how to think, to communicate, to imagine, or to solve problems. Some software, used without careful supervision, may also have the potential to interrupt a child's internal motivation to learn. Failure to Connect is the first book to link children's technology use to important new findings about stages of child development and brain maturation, which are clearly explained throughout. It illustrates, through dozens of concrete examples and guidelines, how computers can be used successfully with children of different age groups as supplements to classroom curricula, as research tools, or in family projects. Dr. Healy issues strong warnings, however, against too early computer use, recommending little or no exposure before age seven, when the brain is primed to take on more abstract challenges. She also lists resources for reliable reviews of child-oriented software, suggests questions parents should ask when their children are using computers in school, and discusses when and how to manage computer use at home. Finally, she offers a thoughtful look at the question of which skills today's children will really need for success in a technological future -- and how they may best acquire them. Based on years of research into learning and hundreds of hours of interviews and observations with school administrators, teachers, parents, and students, Failure to Connect is a timely and eye-opening examination of the central questions we must confront as technology increasingly influences the way we educate our children.
Essays on Education
Author: Kieran Egan
View: 1353Egan reviews matters as far-ranging as the oral foundations of education and the arts as "basics" required for education, to what he terms "the curriculum wars" and issues in educational research.
Author: Valerie Yule
View: 2098The stories in this book show the world as children see it, and how they can imagine things they cannot see - a world of work and play, fairy-tales and space adventures, success and failure, war and ways of living. The differences between the stories told by fortunate children and those who are disadvantaged reveal the impact on the imagination of a child of stresses, in economic circumstances, war, family breakdown, physical and mental disabilities, and learning difficulties. These stories remind us what an individual, human person each child is. As adults try to meet children's physical needs and cope with their behavior, they may see only the outward life and actions of a 'problem child', missing the vivid imaginative life that can hold the key to the child's future.
Author: Henry Jenkins
Publisher: NYU Press
Category: Family & Relationships
View: 9173Stock market euphoria and blind faith in the post cold war economy have driven the topic of poverty from popular and scholarly discussion in the United States. At the same time the gap between the rich and poor has never been wider. The New Poverty Studies critically examines the new war against the poor that has accompanied the rise of the New Economy in the past two decades, and details the myriad ways poor people have struggled against it. The essays collected here explore how global, national, and local structures of power produce poverty and affect the material well-being, social relations and politicization of the poor. In updating the 1960s encounter between ethnography and U.S. poverty, The New Poverty Studies highlights the ways poverty is constructed across multiple scales and multiple axes of difference. Questioning the common wisdom that poverty persists because of the pathology, social isolation and welfare state "dependency" of the poor, the contributors to The New Poverty Studies point instead to economic restructuring and neoliberal policy "reforms" which have caused increased social inequality and economic polarization in the U.S. Contributors include: Georges Fouron, Donna Goldstein, Judith Goode, Susan B. Hyatt, Catherine Kingfisher, Peter Kwong, Vin Lyon-Callo, Jeff Maskovsky, Sandi Morgen, Leith Mullings, Frances Fox Piven, Matthew Rubin, Nina Glick Schiller, Carol Stack, Jill Weigt, Eve Weinbaum, Brett Williams, and Patricia Zavella. "These contributions provide a dynamic understanding of poverty and immiseration" --North American Dialogue, Vol. 4, No. 1, Nov. 2001
The Project Approach
Author: Lilian G. Katz,Sylvia C. Chard,Yvonne Kogan
Publisher: Praeger Pub Text
View: 8244Why has the Project Approach proven to be so successful for engaging young children intellectually and supporting their capacities to think, predict, hypothesize, reason, and express their natural curiosity? Simply put, because project work provides meaningful contexts in which young learners can readily apply and grasp the usefulness of their growing academic skills. This book provides a brief history and overview of the Project Approach and a thorough explanation of how to implement this method for best effect in a wide range of educational contexts. Intended for those who work with young children as well as caregivers and students in training to do so, readers will understand how to apply this approach in order to gain the interest of children and facilitate their mental growth. The book's chapters articulate the process and benefits of the project approach, identify and detail the three typical phases of project work, and provide specific suggestions for implementing each stage. The importance of documentation of the children's work to record the story of their investigation and findings is also discussed.
Author: G Stanley 1844-1924 Hall
Publisher: Franklin Classics
View: 4042This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
Nurturing Children's Minds
Author: Marilynn Chambliss,Robert Calfee
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
View: 9213This book is one of the most comprehensive texts discussing the design, selection and adoption of expository textbooks. Focusing on their own analysis, but also drawing on appropriate studies of others, the authors have produced not only a comprehensive discussion of what makes textbooks more readable, but also the steps that designers and adopters may take to apply the authors' recommendations. Textbooks for Learning recognizes the continuing significance of textbooks in the classroom and seeks to improve the present text-book orientated curriculum via practical rather than the more normal theoretical means through the use of wide-ranging illustrations and examples. The authors conclude that the actual design is the key to a successful textbook, not content alone, and designers will find here clear cut guidelines for creating and revising instructional material. Those selecting textbooks for student use now have at their disposal a framework to support the analysis of expository texts and for trainee teachers, a procedure to consider for textbook selection. Future studies of textbooks will necessarily have to start with this book.
Origins and Development
Author: Charlie Lewis,Peter Mitchell
Publisher: Psychology Press
View: 7112A major feature of human intelligence is that it allows us to contemplate mental life. Such an understanding is vital in enabling us to function effectively in social groups. This book examines the origins of this aspect of human intelligence. The five sections attempt firstly, to place human development within an evolutionary context, focusing on the possibility of innate components of understanding. The second aim of the book is to examine the roles of early perception, pretence and communication as precursor skills in the development of a grasp of mental states. Thirdly, attention is given to the possibility that children know a good deal more about the mind than is apparent from many studies designed to probe their abilities. Taken together, the chapters in this book mark a new focus within a 'theory of mind' movement, examining a group of skills in infancy and early childhood which culminate towards the end of the preschool period in a more mature understanding of one's and others' mental states. Drawing together researchers from diverse theoretical positions, the aim is to work towards a coherent and unified account of this fundamental human abiity. This book will be of central relevance to psychologists and those in related disciplines, particularly education and philosophy.
Author: Terezinha Nunes
Publisher: Institute of Education
Category: Cognition in children
View: 872Schools have the privilege and mission to develop our children's minds. Literacy and numeracy are an essential part of this process. Writing offers us tools to think about, and with, language. English script represents the sounds and grammar of the English language. When children understand how this script works, they learn new ways of thinking about language which they can use to increase their own knowledge of English and also to learn other languages. Texts freeze communication. They allow us to communicate across time and distance. When we think about texts, we learn about modes of communication which are distinct from those in oral language; we also have a new way in which to scrutinize our own reasoning. Mathematics offers us models to think about the world. Through mathematics, schools can open to children ways of thinking about the world which were invented by true geniuses in the course of history and which can become their own tools for thinking. When our children learn literacy and numeracy, we want them not simply to learn facts but also to encounter new objects of thought and tools for thinking. It is through this process that schools can develop children's minds.
The Discovery of what Children Know
Author: Michael Siegal
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
View: 8659Kids, appearance and reality -- Language, conversation, and theory of mind -- Astronomy and geography -- Biology, food, and hygiene -- Life and death -- Number and arithmetic -- Autism and disorders of development -- Culture, communication, and what children know
Reclaiming Our Children's Minds for Christ
Author: Marisa Boonstra
Publisher: Colry Publishing
View: 2910There is a growing, deliberate agenda to capture the next generation for secular humanists. Humanism remains de facto the established religion of our land, and the public schools are the main vehicle for the promotion of its worldview. An overwhelming majority of Christians send their children to government schools, and the statistics show most youth are leaving the church visible by the end of their freshman year in college. Our kids are being sacrificed on the altar of relationship evangelism, with catastrophic results. Christians need a clear understanding of God's educational mandate to parents in order to reverse the tide and save their children from being destroyed spiritually. This is an exhortation for Christian parents to take back the responsibility of educating their kids and carry out the Great Commission in their homes.