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Developing Constructivist Early Childhood Curriculum:
Practical Principles and Activities

Rheta DeVries, Betty Zan, Carolyn Hildebrandt, Rebecca Edmiaston, and Christina Sales
Early Childhood Education
Pub Date: Oct 2001, 264pages

Paperback: $27.95, ISBN: 0807741205
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"This is a practical and theoretically strong book. Going beyond the generalities of 'developmentally appropriate practice,' it focuses especially on the teacher's role and gives excellent principles of teaching about specific activities over time."
Constance Kamii, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"The authors have done an excellent job of clarifying the constructivist approach to curriculum and instruction as compared to traditional approaches and to the conventional approach to developmentally appropriate practice. Rich with examples of constructivist teaching and learning, this is a unique and valuable contribution to the field of early childhood education."
Rosalind Charlesworth, Weber State University

This timely volume provides a constructivist interpretation of developmentally appropriate curriculum in early childhood education. Rheta DeVries, one of the founders of constructivist early education, and her colleagues provide the theoretical rationale and practical advice for conducting specific activities in the classroom. Descriptive vignettes are used to show how children's reasoning and teacher interventions are transformed in the course of extended experience with a physical phenomenon or group game. Throughout the book, constructivist teaching is illustrated and contrasted with the approaches found in three other classroom types.

Selected Contents:
Play in the Early Education Curriculum: Four Interpretations; What is Constructivist Education?: Definition and Principles of Teaching; Assessing and Documenting Learning in Constructivist Classrooms; Physical-Knowledge Activities: Casting Shadows; Exploring the Art and Science of Musical Sounds; Cooking Transformations; Experimenting with Draining and Movement of Water in Tubes; Developing Geometric Reasoning Using Pattern Blocks; Using Group Games to Teach Mathematics; Variations on a Checkers Theme

Also by Rheta DeVries:
Moral Classrooms, Moral Children: Creating a Constructivist Atmosphere in Early Education
Physical Knowledge in Preschool Education: Implications of Piaget's Theory

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