The child centered curriculum

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The child centered curriculum

  1. 1. Reporter<br />YOLANDA TEVES SOBREPEÑA<br />THE CHILD-CENTERED CURRICULUM<br />
  2. 2. A new respect for the child, a new freedom of action, was incorporated into curriculum building in the child centered school. <br />The philosophy underlying this curriculum design is that the child is the center of the educational process.The curriculum should be build upon his interest, abilities, purposes and needs. This type of curriculum emerged from the extensive research carried on in the 20th century carried by John Dewey and his followers.<br />
  3. 3. Common characteristics of programs founded on the new philosophy were the “activity program”, the “unit of work” and the recognition of the needs for using and exploring many media for self-discovery and self direction.<br />
  4. 4. The strengths of this approach are described as follows:<br /><ul><li>Children rather than miniature adults, become the focus of educational efforts
  5. 5. Experience rather than rote learning, become the medium of learning
  6. 6. Research assumed significance in the planning for the developmental needs of children</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Children’s motivation in learning was recognized
  7. 7. The creative energies of teachers and children were released
  8. 8. Educational expectations and standards were custom made in terms of each child’s abilities and potentials
  9. 9. Rigid-grade organization was abandoned along with traditional promotion policies
  10. 10. Reporting on children’s progress became descriptive and
  11. 11. For the first time, teacher education on a board scale became professional education</li></li></ul><li>The weaknesses of the child-centered curriculum are chiefly in the possibilities for “misinterpretation” and in the neglect of adequate consideration of the matrix in which the education of children must occur:<br />The misinterpretation of the philosophy of the child-centered curriculum was a natural consequence of radical change. Teachers sometimes ill prepared to adapt to changing concepts of child development, Frequently created a school environment, which fostered license rather than freedom.<br />
  12. 12. 2.The child-centered philosophy is often conceded to be an inherent weakness. In this effort to free the child, many critics charged that the basic purposes in the establishment of schools were ignored. From the beginnings of formal education as a function of the society, conceived as a means of perpetuating the life of a people. Society supports school in order that its youth will be educated in its values, beliefs, traditions, customs, and mores. Society looked upon the child-centered curriculum and found it lacking. While the schools often became the scapegoat for ills were the correctly attributed to other social agencies, nevertheless they were frequently vulnerable to the charges leveled against them.<br />
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  16. 16. Thank you for listening<br />

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