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Title:Unpacking Child -Centeredness: A History of Meanings
Author(s):Chung, Shunah
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Daniel J. Walsh
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, History of
Abstract:This study examines the historical development of the term child-centered in the discourse of early schooling in America. My discussion begins with the founder of the kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel, and traces the development of the kindergarten in the America until the 1930s. I explore how underlying meanings of the term child-centeredness have changed---which were lost and which survived---by tracing the educational and philosophical currents of each historical context. The term balances on many layers of complex and sometimes contradictory meanings that have been forged over the years by competing interest groups, each appropriating the term and, adding to and taking away from the existing meaning, molding it to their own purposes. In the process, some underlying meanings were lost, others were added. Meanings were changed and then shared within and sometimes across groups. The term has masked complex and contradictory underlying assumptions about children and their learning and development that should be addressed.
Issue Date:2000
Description:314 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9955600
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2000

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