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EEC1202 - Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction

EEC1202 - Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction

Foundations and Components of Curriculum

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Developmentally Appropriate Practices

Written Assignment: Children's Literature Bibliography

DAP (Developmentally Appropriate Practice)

What is DAP?

DAP refers to providing an environment and offering content, materials, activities, and methodologies that are coordinated with a child's level of development and for which the individual child is ready. Three dimensions of appropriateness must be considered:

  • DAP is a central concept in the world of education and means teaching in ways that the child learns best. 

Why is it such a big deal?

When our best practices are developmentally appropriate, we are maximizing the learning opportunities for children.  When our practices are NOT DAP, we may actually be 'getting in the way' of children's learning. 

Example: If an Early Childhood Educator is expecting toddlers to be able to sit still for a 20 minute group time, he/she will likely see toddlers moving around and trying to leave the circle because this expectation is NOT developmentally appropriate for children this age (see #1 above Age appropriateness).



 This is foundational knowledge for other ECE concepts. How will you remember it?  How will you study to learn it? 

Culturally Responsive Practices

Developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) provide a framework for working with young children from birth through age 8. In NAEYC's position statement about Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8 (Adopted 2020), three core considerations (commonality, individuality, and context) of child development and learning are reviewed.


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DAP and Curriculum Development

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Learning Resources

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