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Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education

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The purpose of this page is to provide links to a variety of informational resources that will enable Early Childhood Education students and teachers to develop a deeper understanding of developmentally appropriate practices.


Developmentally Appropriate Practices

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In 1987 the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) published a Position Statement on developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) for children ages birth through age 8. Briefly, DAP can be defined as those practices which are both age appropriate and individually appropriate for each child.

It is important to understand that DAP is a philosophy, not a method. For further information on DAP, explore the following sites:

EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT FROM TWO TO SIX YEARS OF AGE
What Does Research Say About Early Childhood Education?
Developmentally Appropriate Practices: Right For All Kids
Recent Research Supports Developmentally Appropriate Practice In the Primary Grades
Questions Concerning Developmentally Appropriate Practice
Teacher Reflects on Effects of DAP
Netscape: Early Childhood Educators' and Family Web Corner Home Page

Influential Ideas

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For more information about other theorists and theories which have influenced early childhood practices, check the following sites:

Vygotsky

Who Was L. S. Vygotsky ?
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Gardner: Multiple Intelligences

Howard Gardner Topics Menu
MI Intro
Multiple Intelligences
Multiple Intelligences

Other

Learning Theories: Constructivist Theory
TIP: Theories
ECDU Collected Research Papers: New theoretical challenges to current ec programme philosophy
Educators, Psychologists, and Philosophers

Curricular Issues and Applications

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The following sites provide information about how the principles of DAP might be applied in the classroom. (Note: this is not a list of sites that provide classroom activities):






General Information

Curriculum and Assessment
THEMATIC WEBBING AND THE CURRICULUM STANDARDS IN THE PRIMARY GRADES
Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Home Page
Kentucky Preschool Self-Study: Curriculum
Early Childhood Educators' and Family Web Corner Teacher Pages
GUIDING DISCOVERY
DAILY ACTIVITIES
ROLE OF TEACHER
Resources Recommended by National Research Centers

Diversity Issues

NAEYC Position Statement
Valuing Diversity
ERIC DIGEST: Integrating Children with Disabilities into Preschool

Subject Specific Information

Literacy Development in Young Children
What is Emergent Literacy?
Whole Math Through Investigations
Helping Your Child Learn Science - Concepts
INTEGRATE, DON'T ISOLATE! -- COMPUTERS IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD CURRICULUM
Early Childhood Music
Recess and Social Development

For a Lighter Look at Teaching

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