The students will study the preschool education programs (historical retrospection, goals, environment, role of children and teacher, materials and activities, exemplary daily program, critical evaluation) and will gain knowledge, form opinions and exchange ideas about the planning, implementation and evaluation of the appropriate programs for preschool- aged children.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Programs of 18th, 19th, 20th century: Brief presentation. Preschool education programs in Greece. The Montessori program. Behaviorist programs with special reference to Bereiter- Engelmann- Becker and Distar. The Bank- Street program. The High- Scope program. The Kqamii-DeVries program. An approach for the development of creativity. An approach for the promotion of peace. An approach for the cultivation of emotions. A multicultural approach. A bilingual approach. An approach for the inclusion of special needs children in a regular classroom. In all the programs/approaches above, special attention is given to the space/ environment, the planning and application of the program, the relations between children and educators, among children and teachers and parents and the evaluation of the development and learning of children. Comparison of the programs and approaches and evaluation of them. Comparison of the programs and approaches to the Greek curriculum for the kindergarten.