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What Students Learn about Recognizing Children’s Capability

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DOI: 10.4236/ce.2018.915184    281 Downloads   412 Views
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Recognition of the role and contribution to children’s learning and development of those who are trained to work in the early years is long overdue and welcomed, although the contentiousness and questions of how to prepare students still need to be addressed. The aim of this study was to investigate what disciplines from the curricula of the Teacher Training Department, inside “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu allow students to identify the effective ways of recognizing children’s capabilities. The methods used were interview, observation and focus groups. 20 teachers and 50 students were engaged with this challenging work. The qualitative analyses of the data collected proved that this topic is mainly mentioned, but not enough trained. Findings revealed that curricula need serious improvements to prepare students to meet the needs of children. The focus groups organized allowteachers and students involved to reflect on their own ideas, experiences and ways of practicing. The study offered opportunities to reflect on new ways of teaching and learning, to support students with a curriculum that highlights children’ rights and capabilities.

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Georgeta, M. (2018) What Students Learn about Recognizing Children’s Capability. Creative Education, 9, 2445-2454. doi: 10.4236/ce.2018.915184.

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