Building Curriculum for Young Children : Deciding on Content / Karen L. Peterson.

The purpose of this paper is to assist early childhood teachers in developing curriculum content by considering the philosophical issues that surround the curriculum decision-making process. Curriculum development is construed in terms of a multi-step decision-making process through which teachers p...

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Main Author: Peterson, Karen L.
Language:English
Published: [Place of publication not identified] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1987.
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Physical Description:14 pages
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520 |a The purpose of this paper is to assist early childhood teachers in developing curriculum content by considering the philosophical issues that surround the curriculum decision-making process. Curriculum development is construed in terms of a multi-step decision-making process through which teachers progress. Steps of the process are: (1) formulating a conceptual philosophy; (2) defining curriculum; (3) organizing information into units; (4) selecting topics; (5) assessing the relevance of content; and (6) determining how the selected content should be presented to children. Discussion of most steps includes questions for teachers to consider or criteria for them to employ when making curricular decisions. The process approach to curriculum development described in the paper assumes that early childhood educators, even at the beginning phases of teaching, know more about their own profession than they think they do. Educators maintain theoretical positions and perspectives on development. They are the best source of fundamentally sound and developmentally supportive information and experiences for young children. In addition, early childhood teachers are the best articulators of their own position if they are given opportunity and conceptual tools for refining their ideas. (RH) 
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