Negotiating Standards in the Primary Classroom: The Teacher's Dilemma / Edition 1

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Overview

This book takes you into the classroom to see how eight teachers struggled with the dilemma of how to balance a standardized curriculum with their understanding of sound early childhood educational practices. You'll see up-close how each teacher developed a variety of strategies in her efforts to respond to imposed standards and assessments, to the developmental nature of children, and to the challenge of diversity in the classroom.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807745106
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/7/2004
  • Series: Early Childhood Education Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Early childhood teachers in public schools 1
2 Grace : sustaining community in a developmentally appropriate kindergarten 13
3 Corrine : teacher direction or developmental appropriateness in kindergarten 31
4 Janet : the resistance of a developmentally appropriate teacher 48
5 Ann : literacy as the focus of curriculum 62
6 Susan : a classroom on-task 78
7 Ellen and Penny : tension between meaningful experiences and pressure from the standardized curriculum 95
8 Beth : science as the focus for expansive frameworks that integrate curriculum 115
9 The mechanistic versus the holistic : the hope for early childhood education in prescriptive settings 136
App. A Brief description of methodology 156
App. B Discussion questions 158
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