Is the Cognitive Cart in Front of the Creative Horse?

October 19, 2013

“From the point of view of the child’s developmental needs, the most important dynamics of life are emotional and social. Cognitive life is secondary, based upon and generated from the child’s effective and interpersonal experiences. Would it not be helpful if [leaders] in early childhood education focused more on presenting the emotional and social characteristics of young children and how these dynamics interact with cognition and learning? This would offer a more accurate and complete understanding of young children, put early childhood education in developmental perspective, and shed a fuller and more revealing light on learning.”

Article excerpt from Peter E. Haiman, Ph.D., an Education Consultant in the San Francisco area, former Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, and past President of San Francisco NAEYC.  Read the full article here:

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