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Doctoral Dissertation

The Effects of Multiple External Mandates on Curriculum, Pedagogy and Child Activity in the Preschool Classroom

Available from: University of Massachusetts - Scholar Works

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Abstract/Notes: Within the last decade, the pressures of implementing state mandated early learning guidelines and meeting the requirements from federal, state and local agencies, have taken their toll on many preschool programs. In the present study, preschool programs were given a chance to voice their opinions about how curriculum standards and other external mandates were directly and indirectly influencing curriculum planning, teaching practices, and child activity. A brief survey was sent to 90 preschool directors in a region in Massachusetts, 28 directors completed this survey. A sample of nine directors, from the survey respondents, volunteered to be interviewed. In two separate interviews the researcher asked a series of questions to obtain data from the participants. These interview questions focused on how the participants made sense of the mandatory integration of early learning standards and other external mandates into their preschool program and their concerns based on their role as a preschool director. The results of the study revealed that external guidelines set forth by the state and federal government were a great concern to the preschool directors. These directors agreed that curriculum mandates were necessary yet the amount of work, time and expenditure needed to meet the demands of these mandates could be quite overwhelming. Concerns were particularly relevant in the areas of obtaining or maintaining NAEYC accreditation and the push for a standardized curriculum and/or a standardized assessment tool. To recieve specific types of funding, a program must be using a standardized assessment tool. Many funding sources also require that a program be accredited by NAEYC. The financial and physical expense of both of these requirements was prohibitive . The results were analyzed with respect to child development and early childhood education principles. The findings indicated that curriculum mandates focused primarily on young children’s cognitive development to the detriment of social and emotional competence. The findings also indicated that children were being pressured to spend more time on narrow academic skills and less time on play. Yet play has been found to provide children with opportunities to interact socially, express and control emotions, and develop symbolic thinking skills (Nicolopoulou, 2010).

Language: English

Published: Amherst, Massachusetts, 2011

Article

Behind the Headlines: Dr Joyce Morris Starts New Research Curriculum for Advanced Group [London Montessori Centre course]

Publication: LM Courier

Pages: 1

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Language: English

Book

A Montessori Recommended Curriculum: Guidelines for the implementation of the RNCS through the Montessori Learning Programme

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Language: English

Published: [S.I.]: South African Montessori Association, 2006

Book

Montessori Curriculum Scope and Sequence

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Language: English

Published: Sarasota, Florida: The Montessori Foundation, 2012

Edition: Revised

Video Recording

Montessori Method Educational Video Series. Tape 2: The Curriculum, part 1

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Abstract/Notes: Presents the concepts and curricula of Montessori education.

Runtime: 20 minutes

Language: English

Published: Naples, Florida, 1997

The Montessori Music Curriculum for Children up to Six Years of Age

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Language: English

Published: Cleveland, Ohio, 1981

Direct Preparations for the Development of Spontaneous Writing: A Curriculum Based on the Montessori Method

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Language: English

Published: Cleveland, Ohio, 1976

Curriculum and Art Education: An Extrapolation from the Montessori Doctrine

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Language: English

Published: Columbus, Ohio, 1977

Book Section

An Overview of the Montessori Language Curriculum

Book Title: Readings Toward a Montessori Language Curriculum

Pages: 166-184

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Language: English

Published: Lexington, Massachusetts: Ginn Press, 1986

Book Section

Introduction: The Montessori Language Curriculum in Perspective

Book Title: Readings Toward a Montessori Language Curriculum

Pages: 1-8

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Language: English

Published: Lexington, Massachusetts: Ginn Press, 1986

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