In times of change learners inherit the earth: while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. Eric Hoffer
The history of education is filled with attempts at getting the science of teaching into a formula that can be repeated and scaled to different schools and settings. We at Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Education and Care Center think it is interesting to know about the foundations of the High Scope curriculum, the curriculum we use, and what makes it work so well. To really understand it, we have to look at the educational psychology behind it.
Jean Piaget was a pioneer in the field of developmental psychology which studies early childhood development. He came up with what is known as the constructivist theory of knowing. This contends that learning is constructed by an interaction of experience and a person’s ideas. A person begins with a scheme, a pattern of behavior of behavior or thought. Then a person interacts with the world and adapts their scheme. Then they assimilate the new knowledge and they may have to accommodate, or change their existing scheme to fit the results of their actions. This is really a sort of trial and error method of learning. We try something, it doesn’t work, we try something different. It’s learning through experimentation. It’s being an active participant in your own learning and that’s what we do at Rainbow Chimes Early Childhood Education and Care Center. Teachers at Rainbow Chimes are facilitators in this method of learning; not fonts of all knowledge that students listen to, absorb knowledge rotely and regurgitate it back, but helpers.
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