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Join us as we explore the intricacies of how little ones develop their gross and fine motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
Jan 15, 2024 • 55 mins min read
With several 'low key' but significant and impactful amendments to the EYFS coming into play as of last week (the 4th Jan 2023) it's crucial everyone within the industry is up to date and has a plan of action to swiftly tick the boxes necessary to comply with the changes.
Join Ben in exploring this modern American theory rooted in the principles of 'active learning, positive adult-child interactions, a child-friendly learning environment, a consistent daily routine, and team-based assessment', which creates a framework of early years learning known as HighScope. In this introductory class, Ben delves into the history and fundamental principles of the HighScope approach to early childhood education. Beginning with an exploration of the inspiration behind the approach, including the influential Perry Elementary School Project, participants gain insight into the research that shaped the framework. Central to HighScope is the concept of Constructivism, which posits that children actively construct knowledge through interaction with their environment and others. You'll explore the core principles of active learning, adult-child interaction, and the role of assessments within the HighScope approach. By the end of the class, participants will have a strong understanding of HighScope's key development indicators and how they differ from traditional early childhood education frameworks. This class aims to inspire educators to integrate HighScope principles into their practice and further explore the concept of constructivism in early childhood education.
1. Dr David Weikart & The Perry Elementary School Project06:35
Within this first lesson Ben explores the history of the HighScope approach including the work of David Weikart and The Perry Elementary School Project that took place in Ypsilanti, Michigan during the the 1960's. From this lesson you'll gain an understanding of the inspiration and research that took place to formulate the framework behind the HighScope approach.
2. The Basics of Constructivism10:03
Fundamental to the HighScope approach is the idea of Constructivism and how young children actively construct knowledge through interactions with their environment and the people within it. In this class you will explore the core principles of constructivism and how these relate to HighScope and the work of Dr David Weikart.
3. The HighScope Framework12:10
In lesson 3 you'll explore the fundamental principles of HighScope including the fundamental principles of active learning, adult-child interaction, the learning environment, daily routines and the role assessments play. By the end of this lesson you'll have a strong understanding of what HighScope is and the ideas behind the theory.
4. Key Development Indicators (The KDI's)10:40
Lesson 4 digs even deeper into the framework and principles of the HighScope approach by exploring the key development indicators used to track and assess early childhood development. You'll explore with Ben each of the 8 categories that define the HighScope curriculum and break them down to see how much they differ from the EYFS.
5. Outro: HighScope - Celebrating Play The American Way04:14
That's a wrap! You should now be confident engaging with the principles of HighScope and hopefully this class has inspired you to further research ideas of constructivism and implement components of HighScope into your settings. In this outro we recap some of the key principles we've explored in this class, as well as, discussing how it can be embedded into your practice.
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