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Chapter Seven: Education in Early Childhood

 Section 7: Conclusion

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Rowing the Boat performed by the Academy of Chinese Performing Arts. Daphne Chang, Amy Wu, and Melody Chang shown.



We have been concerned in this chapter with the first five or six years of life. The prenatal environment, the birthing process and experiences in infancy all have general importance in forming the individual strengths which are the basis of all further human achievements. In particular, the first year or so of life is crucial in developing a basic sense of trust in young children, which then may differentiate into other important future qualities such as openness, experimental attitude, confidence as discussed in chapter six.



The mind of the child from two to six is qualitatively different from that of the adult. Many concepts taken for granted by adults are yet to be formed in the young child. Cooperation, identity, and technical competence must be promoted programmatically. The Small World-derived programs encourage the development of the individual strengths, including increasing the refinement and integration of physical and social knowledge structures. Small World also utilized spontaneous conflict as a resource to develop conflict resolution and other systems competencies mentioned in chapter six. Most significantly, Small World contributed to the formation of positive and expansive identities through the constructive interaction among representatives of diverse cultures. (Note: underlined terms are those identified in chapter six as being required of the future human by changing world conditions.)







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