Intellectual development and early childhood education in the Republic of Ireland

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dc.contributor.author Horgan, Mary
dc.contributor.author Douglas, Francis G.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-03-30T15:19:22Z
dc.date.available 2009-03-30T15:19:22Z
dc.date.issued 1995
dc.identifier.citation Horgan, M., Douglas, F., 1995. Intellectual development and early childhood education in the Republic of Ireland. Curriculum, 17(2), 102-116 en
dc.identifier.volume 17 en
dc.identifier.issued 2 en
dc.identifier.startpage 102 en
dc.identifier.endpage 116 en
dc.identifier.issn 0143-8689
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/9
dc.description.abstract This paper examines how the Education Department at University College Cork investigated early years provision in Cork city and county; Junior Infant Classes; Montessori Schools; Playgroups over the past ten years. The study employed an ethnographic research strategy encompassing the Target Child Observation Schedule (a means of evaluating child development through play and activity-based learning), interviews, a study of classrooms, a questionnaire and an interaction analysis system. 367 children were observed during 120 hours of continuous observation. It compares the findings against other similar studies on early years provision carried out in Oxford and Miami and identify ‘good practice’ in Cork. The most striking conclusion of this paper is that the Montessori method of teaching young children surpasses all others with respect to high cognitive challenge. The structure of the curriculum would therefore seem to correlate highly with the enhancement of a child's intellectual development and the teacher's attitude and training would seem to be of vital importance. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Nafferton Books/ Association for the Study of the Curriculum en
dc.subject Curriculum en
dc.subject Cognitive development en
dc.subject Early childhood education en
dc.subject Preschool en
dc.subject Montessori en
dc.subject.lcsh Education en
dc.subject.lcsh Early childhood education -- Ireland en
dc.title Intellectual development and early childhood education in the Republic of Ireland en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Dr. Mary Horgan, Early Childhood Studies, Dept. of Education, UCC. Email: m.horgan@education.ucc.ie Tel. + 353 21 490 3778/2465/2467 en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Prof. Francis Douglas, Early Childhood Studies, Dept. of Education, UCC. Email: FDouglas@education.ucc.ie Tel. + 353 21 490 2684/2465
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dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Curriculum en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress mary.horgan@ucc.ie en


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