New discoveries in brain research and the growing importance of quality ECE
New discoveries in brain research and the growing importance of quality ECE Chief Academic Officer Asian International College Early Childhood Education Global Conference ITC Maratha, Mumbai, India 15 December 2011
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men”
Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences • Huge strides in computer science and the genetic sciences in recent times • This will be the decade of the brain • “It’s time to understand ourselves”Professors Patricia Kuhl and Andrew Meltzoff
Emotional and social development The part of the brain that regulates emotion is shaped early on by experience. Social development, which involves both self- awareness and a child’s ability to interact with others, also occurs in stages.
Romanian Orphanage Babies: 21 Years On Little was known in 1990, about the long-term effects of suchextreme, early deprivation, and whether the babies and toddlers who had been denied basic human contact and care, could adapt and recover
Each stage of intellectual development must be accomplished before the next stage can occurDeep learning involves the reconstruction of the oldways of understanding intonew ways of understandingForced learning can impede this natural process
ECE Effectiveness Factors• Safe physical environment• Developmentally appropriate curriculum• Language rich environment• Positive, constructive teacher-child interactions• Small groups, high teacher-child ratios• Qualified and well-compensated personnel