When Children Lead Participatory Curriculum Design, Implementation, and Assessment
Chapter 5. Early Childhood Issues: An Understatement
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EARLY CHILDHOOD ISSUES: AN UNDERSTATEMENT
Curriculum, Assessment, Young Children: Overlapping Complexities
In the midst of the complex work involved with teacher education, and honing in on curriculum and assessment, it becomes clearer than ever that in early childhood, the issues which must be considered are tangles of webs that are sometimes overlapping and always influencing each other in one way or many ways. We will be guided through these interconnected and complicated issues by our children guides—some of the children who have been discussed throughout this book by way of case study excerpts. Also, the case study excerpts by student teachers will help illustrate some of the related issues in their particular contexts. Both the children and the student teachers will be doing their jobs as bricoleurs as they help illuminate findings about the issues that in a myriad of ways affect both curriculum and assessment.
My trajectory of work, learning, passion, and commitment have led me to do what I do. And finally, the findings of this study have insisted that I pay attention to these issues in the webs of interconnectivity. I was a teaching assistant and then a teacher working with children and families from multiple histories with multiple linguistic backgrounds and a wealth of strengths ← 95 | 96 → and unmet needs. I learned a little about working in classrooms, a lot about children and their families, and how difficult our work could be. I thought I learned...
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