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Fox, Jill Englebright; Diffily, Deborah – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2001
Explores the visual arts as a means to develop skills and abilities across the curriculum and nurture aesthetic development. Considers benefits of art for socioemotional, psychomotor, and cognitive development; integration of art into the curriculum; and the role of adults, children's books, and the classroom for encouraging art appreciation.…
Descriptors: Aesthetic Education, Art Appreciation, Art Education, Art Expression
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Boutte, Gloria – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Considers multiculturalism as a moral issue. Notes scarcity of authentic multicultural classrooms and identifies four underlying factors. Uses two realistic classroom scenarios to point out moral and educational considerations that underlie multiculturalism. Recommends four multicultural practices for teachers. (DLH)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Cultural Differences, Cultural Pluralism, Educational Objectives
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Tyler, Vernelle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes recent reductions or elimination of recess at the elementary school level. Discusses the benefits of recess for children's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development. Argues that recess has educational and social values and should not be eliminated from the school day. (KB)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Students, Outdoor Activities, Play
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Lowe, Kaye; Johnston, Cammie – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes "reader response" teaching techniques to enhance young children's critical thinking skills, build a sound literacy foundation, and clarify the relationship between reading and writing. Provides examples of response logs/journal entries, aesthetic responses such as drawings and dramatic reenactments, and student discussions…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Early Childhood Education
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Somerindyke, Jennifer – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Presents information on the legislative struggle surrounding the educational rights of children and their families who are homeless. Discusses the educational needs of homeless children. Maintains that educators can take a proactive stance to aid these children and their families, and to raise social awareness among all children and families in…
Descriptors: Child Advocacy, Early Childhood Education, Educational Needs, Federal Legislation
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Sussna, Amy Gayle – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Discusses how "cute" projects--as offered in traditional early childhood classrooms--insult children's intellects, mistake doing with learning, often miseducate, and undermine professionalism and educational equity. Describes a continuum of professional development ranging from cute learning experiences to those that are more…
Descriptors: Bulletin Boards, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Early Childhood Education
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Jambor, Tom – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 2000
Describes how children's play contributes to brain development. Details the importance of early experience for brain development, arguing that the optimal learning activities to promote brain development are complex, use many senses simultaneously, and are perceived as relevant, useful, emotionally engaging, and novel. Suggests that informal play…
Descriptors: Brain, Child Development, Computer Uses in Education, Computers
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Brett, Arlene – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Argues that computers and related technology can be an important asset in the classrooms of young children with disabilities. Suggests that this technology can promote mobility, communication, and learning; increase independence; augment abilities; compensate for learning challenges; overcome learned helplessness; and foster competence and…
Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Developmental Disabilities, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Disabilities
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Vander Wilt, Judith – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Suggests that classroom teachers need to reexamine the ease with which they use rewards to shape desirable behavior in children. Examines external and internal control, and problems posed by the use of rewards. Provides examples of how teachers can help develop intrinsic motivation in students without tangible rewards. (HTH)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Discipline, Early Childhood Education
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Cobb, Jeanne; Rusher, Anne – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Describes reading aloud as an interaction between child, caregiver, and book. Asserts that the caregiver's role is to provide a framework for children to converse about books--characters, events, and themes. Describes the PeRCS (Purpose explore Read Connect Summarize) idea, which provides steps for language exploration and idea experimentation.…
Descriptors: Cognitive Style, Cultural Awareness, Early Childhood Education, Interaction
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McMahon, Rebecca – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1996
Asserts that literacy learning begins in infancy and that no age is too young to be read to. Recommends that parents begin reading to their children early, that they read for short periods, and that they read often. Includes a list of books for newborns and infants. (BGC)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Infants
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Stanberry, Anne M.; Blackwell, Ann P. – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1997
Advocates public policy education in higher education and student involvement in state public policy. Discusses ways to incorporate public policy education in university courses in family and consumer sciences curricula at the introductory, advanced, and graduate levels, including writing briefing reports, participating in professional…
Descriptors: Advocacy, College Students, Curriculum Development, Focus Groups
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Jalongo, Mary Renck; Bauer, Karen; Conrad, Natalie K.; Cardy, Terri – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Examines issues related to a national system of public prekindergarten, including challenges confronting educators. Recommends broadening eligibility, encouraging collaboration among early childhood programs, strengthening family support and participation, implementing appropriate curricula and evaluation, and identifying teacher qualifications.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Interprofessional Relationship, National Curriculum, National Programs
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Hinnant, Hilari – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1998
Describes the popularity of a first grader who is put back into a kindergarten class due to poor reading skills. Notes how the kindergartners consider the new boy a window onto the first grade and marvel at his skills in various classroom activities. Reflects on the lessons learned about the caring, safe environment of the classroom community.…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Grade Repetition, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Children
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Henderson, George – Dimensions of Early Childhood, 1993
Provides a personal account of one African American's experiences during his childhood in a slum neighborhood and his college years. Maintains that schools must accelerate their efforts to teach children cultural diversity and positive race relationships and to thwart divisiveness in the form of bigotry and hatred. (BB)
Descriptors: Blacks, Cultural Differences, Multicultural Education, Personal Narratives
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