The Push for Early Academic Instruction

Clouder, Christopher
March 2004
Encounter;Spring2004, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p10
Academic Journal
Discusses the practicability of early academic instruction for children in Europe. Issuance of a report by the British House of Commons Education Select Committee, reflecting that children under five years of age should learn mainly through creative play in classes; Achievement of Finland in the Program for International Student Assessment study on skills literacy, numeracy and scientific understanding; Suggestions of contemporary research for curriculum to be broad and holistic with greater emphasis on developmental outcomes rather than subject outcomes.


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