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Dr. Krummick

on 1 April 2013

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NAEYC National Association for the Education for Young Children (NAEYC) is a national organization that works on behalf of young children across the world. They define developmentally appropriate practice as “profession’s responsibility to promote quality in the care and education of young children compels us to revisit regularly the validity and currency of our core knowledge and positions” (NAEYC, 2009, p.1) How can we meet these definitions? This can be accomplished through lessons taught in the classroom. These lessons can be most effective when using developmentally appropriate strategies. “Early childhood education programs need to invite and welcome a world of differences” (Bruno, 2009, p.284). Another Definition Influencing development This will allow teachers to make informed decisions about how to make the content developmentally appropriate for their students. Having this understanding will create an age appropriate environment where students can best learn. General practices associated with developmentally appropriate practice include but not limited to relationship development, student guidance, whole-child focus, and a safe environment with opportunities to learn and grow (Kostelnik, Soderman, & Whiren, 2011). Four main factors play a role in influencing development, they include: (a) cultural, (b) genetic traits, (c) context of development, and (d) home environment according to De Melendez & Beck (2010). With these development factors in mind, teachers can create an appropriate environment for students to excel. Teachers can learn about their students to gain a better understanding of how to work with the differences that each student in their class may have. Lessons can be conducted to learn more about the cultures that shape the classroom. De Melendez & Beck (2010) define developmentally and culturally appropriate practice as “a concept that defines quality in early childhood practices based on cultural and developmental elements” (p.430). Both definitions rely on creating an environment that is educationally meeting the needs of the students in an early childhood classroom. Teachers need to have the knowledge needed to make developmentally and culturally appropriate decisions about the quality of information that is taught to students. Developmentally and Culturally Appropriate Practice Dr. Krummick Knowledge and decision making Some key elements play a role. These include: (a) universal development patterns, (b) individual development, and (c) social and cultural experiences (De Melendez & Beck, 2010).
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