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Focus on the Importance of Child Centered Education for Early learning - Do You Believe in Child-Centered Edutcation?
Often, a parent will have to determine the type of education that they would like for their child. There are two main types of education: child-centered education and subject-centered education. Child-centered education revolves around the child and their needs and learning takes place from early childhood. Learning takes place as the child strives to meet their needs. It also takes place when the child gives expression to his or her drives and preferences.
With child centered education, the motivating factors include the child’s immediate purpose and interests. It should be noted that these motivating factors vary with each child and tend to change as time goes by. This is largely due to the fact that the child is motivated to learn by their inner needs.
There are certain characteristics of early childhood education that should be considered if the learning process is to be effective. For instance, it is advocated that the child be allowed to learn in their own natural way without any interference from the overseeing adult. In this way, the child is taught that his/her interests in play form the basis of early childhood education. Moreover, with child-centered education, books are avoided at the early childhood phase with a lot of emphasis being given to the child learning through their senses as well as natural development.
When promoting childhood education, some points need to be considered. Some of these points include freedom, self-activities, process of spontaneous development as well as development of own interest and needs.
When dealing with the process of spontaneous development, the child is allowed to learn at their own speed. The learning process is not rushed. In this case, the role of the teacher is to understand the child and how they learn, performing more of a support role than teaching the child directly. Obviously this education can be guided too, but should focus around the child.
Early childhood education is very important in every child’s life as the start of the learning process will play an important role in a child’s development.
What processes have you used? Do you think that early learning should be child centered?
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