Preschool Pedagogy and Its Impact on Preschoolers' Attitudes Toward Learning
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University of North Carolina at Charlotte
This qualitative study examined two preschool pedagogical approaches and the impact each had on students' attitudes toward learning. One preschool used A Beka curriculum, which is a direct instruction pedagogy. The other preschool used Creative Curriculum, which is structured for children to learn through exploration and teacher scaffolding. A four year old boy and a four year old girl from each preschool were selected to participate. Four sources of data were collected: (a) observation of each participant, (b) a drawing completed by each participant, (c) an interview with each participant, and (d) the Learning Behavior Scale which was completed by both the participant's parent and teacher. All four students expressed that school was hard, especially drawing and writing. Recommendations are for further research to be conducted on pedagogy and students' attitudes toward learning in kindergarten as the pressures of a more academic curriculum are imposed upon young children, and the study be done at the beginning of the school year, midyear, and end of the school year.
A BEKACHILD INITIATEDCREATIVE CURRICULUMCURRICULUMDIRECT INSTRUCTIONPEDAGOGY
Curriculum & Instruction
Wang, ChuangKissel, BrianFurr, Susan
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 2014.
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