Journal article

Learning, Progression and Development Principles for Pedagogy and Curriculum Design

Bridie Raban

Australasian Journal of Early Childhood | SAGE Publications | Published : 2001


The active role of early childhood educators is supported and confirmed in this review of recent research. Diversity of individual developmental pathways, the significance of life experiences, and the relationships between what is already known and new knowledge are highlighted. The role of ‘critical periods’ during development is considered and evaluated in the light of concepts such as ‘dynamic development, and the notion of a gradul unfolding of skills and abilities as children grow older is challenged. The significance of planned interventions is illuminated within this wider context. Curriculum for early childhood settings is addressed in the light of community values.

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