Competent children and their teachers: learning about trajectories and other schemas Publications
This report outlines an early part of the Competent Children project: an action research study of six months in the lives of 10 children aged between 4 and 5 years. Using recent advances in theory about how children learn to think, researchers worked with the children's parents and early childhood education teachers to help them observe the children and plan ways to enhance their learning.
Author(s): Anne Meade and Pamela Cubey in association with Anne Hendricks and Cathy Wylie, New Zealand Council for Educational Research and Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington.
Date Published: 1996
Outline of the report
The report is structured into seven chapters, covering:
Introduction and background information.
Covers constructive pedagogy, and schemas and their importance in young children's learning.
Detailed descriptions of research methods.
Descriptions of the children and early childhood centres.
Case study material on the children focussing on the schemas which were dominant in their artistic endeavours.
The data on the children in the two centres which changed their curriculum to follow the children's interests are compared to the children in the comparison centres.
Discussion of the findings.
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