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Developmentalism, Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) and Beyond in Early Childhood Education
chapterposted on 2023-05-22, 20:11 authored by Iris DuhnIris Duhn, Hennessy, L
One of the aims of education is to teach humans to govern themselves and learn to be governed according to what counts as truths in societies at the time. This is the assertion of the eminent twentieth-century French philosopher Michel Foucault. Historically, one of the tasks of modern education was to provide teaching strategies to support and shape the developing human according to universal, scientifically underscored, developmental patterns. In many societies, developmentalism continues to provide a powerful rationale for pedagogies and curriculum. This discussion provides a critique of the traditional perspective on developmentalism, normativity, and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), offering an alternative view on individual diversity and responsive context-specific engagement.
Publication titleEncyclopedia of Teacher Education
Department/SchoolFaculty of Education
Place of publicationSingapore
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