Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education
developmentally appropriate practices, learning standards, elementary students, learning centers, project approach
This paper explores how teachers can successfully use and implement developmentally appropriate practices in their classrooms while also meeting required learning standards. This project addresses the topic of developmentally appropriate practices within the primary grade classroom as well as the necessity of meeting standards within a culture where the need for accountability is ever-present. Current research and examples from experience show the need for practices that are developmentally appropriate within a standards-based classroom. The project goes on to provide examples and samples of how teachers may meet required standards and still teach in a way that is appropriate to children's learning and development, with an emphasis on the use of learning centers and the project approach.
Recommended CitationLaPlant, E. L. (2006). Clash of the Titans: Bridging the Gap Between Accountability and Developmentally Appropriate Practice in the Primary Grade Classroom and Beyond (Thesis, Concordia University, St. Paul). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.csp.edu/legacy-capstones_maed/238
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