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Is There a Need for Handicraft in Preschool? Attitudes of Preschool Teachers and Parents on Including Handicraft Activities in the Regular Preschool Program

Available from: IATED Digital Library

INTED2020 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference

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Abstract/Notes: Alternative educational concepts evolved in response to classical educational methods in which children are placed in a passive position and the transfer of knowledge is cultivated as a form of teaching. Models of alternative pedagogy (Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio, Agazzi) advocate developmentally appropriate practices which Bredekamp (1993) describes as a presence of different strategies, i.e., child-oriented behaviours of teachers and responding to the child's individual needs. In order to help each child to grow into a universal and competent individual from preschool age, it is necessary to encourage their imagination and creativity, as well as to acquire habits of cooperation and coexistence with other children. One of the activities which promote these desirable characteristics in children is handicraft. Many studies and findings in the area of neuroscience, multiple intelligences theories, and the aforementioned alternative pedagogical concepts emphasize the importance of handicraft and point out its benefits not only for children but for the entire community. However, such an approach to children's learning and activity is poorly represented in educational institutions. Therefore, the aim of the study was to examine the views of preschool teachers and parents on handicraft activities and its more frequent use in regular preschool programs. The survey was conducted by an anonymous questionnaire on a sample of 316 respondents, preschool teachers (N=141) and parents (N=175). The results of the study show that both preschool teachers and parents agree that certain elements of alternative concepts such as handicraft have a positive impact on the overall development of the child and that they are useful and practical life skills. They also agree that handicraft activities should be used in educational institutions to a greater extent. [Conference Name: 14th International Technology, Education and Development Conference; ISBN: 9788409179398; Place: Valencia, Spain]

Language: English

Published: Valencia, Spain: International Academy of Technology, Education and Development (IATED), 2020

Pages: 1511-1519

DOI: 10.21125/inted.2020.0499

ISBN: 978-84-09-17939-8

Book

Montessori Learning in the 21st Century: A Guide for Parents and Teachers

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Language: English

Published: Troutdale, Oregon: NewSage Press, 2011

Master's Thesis

Practical Partnership: An Interactive Montessori Elementary Handbook for Teachers and Parents

Available from: ProQuest - Dissertations and Theses

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Abstract/Notes: Parent-teacher partnership could dramatically improve educational outcomes for students (Bikmaz & Guler, 2003; Epstein, 2001). However, most teachers and parents lack knowledge and resources for creating this relationship (Christenson, 2004; Epstein, 2001; Henderson & Mapp, 2002). The interactive handbook is a tool for Montessori elementary educators and parents that addresses the common barriers to connection and develops a partnership to provide a continuation of lessons and values from the classroom to the home. The implementation is focused on the Montessori elementary context as it correlates to the "cosmic education" philosophy. Current parents and teachers in the public and private sector of Montessori elementary education evaluated the handbook, and their feedback was incorporated to be the most relevant and effective tool possible.

Language: English

Published: Moraga, California, 2011

Book

Understanding Montessori: A Guide for Parents

Available from: Books to Borrow @ Internet Archive

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Language: English

Published: Indianapolis, Indiana: Dog Ear Publishing, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-59858-974-0 1-59858-974-1

Article

Indulgent Parents: Alienist Says They Make Their Children Egomaniacs

Publication: New York Times (New York, New York)

Pages: 6

Americas, North America, United States of America

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Abstract/Notes: An egomaniac is one who follows his own ungoverned impulses and is possessed by delusions of personal greatness and lack of appreciation, perhaps amounting to persecution. Egomania is a morbid condition that develops in the best of families where we are entitled to expect, from the breeding, the highest type of mentality.

Language: English

ISSN: 0362-4331

Article

To Montessori School Parents

Publication: The Montessori Journal, vol. 7, no. 50

Pages: 7-8

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Language: English

Book

Together with Montessori: The Guide to Help Montessori Teachers, Assistant Teachers, Resource Teachers, Administrators, and Parents Work in Harmony to Create Great Schools

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Language: English

Published: Minneapolis, Minnesota: Jola Publications, 1993

Article

Parents as First Educators

Publication: Montessori Insights

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Language: English

Article

Parents as First Teachers Napranum

Publication: Montessori Insights

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Language: English

Article

Websites, Blogs and Resources for Montessori Parents

Publication: Montessori Insights

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Language: English

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