Welcome to the World Forum Working Group on Curriculum! We are a group of early educators and others who focus on issues related to quality curriculum for young children.
From its beginning, the World Forum Foundation has been committed to addressing early childhood curriculum. This commitment has previously taken the form of presentations by the developers or representatives of several widely used curriculum models or approaches. This time we are taking a different approach, the working group approach. We have recruited, and continue to recruit group members from around the world. The working group will develop a small number of clearly stated principles that all participating curriculum developers agree on. This development process continued with working group meetings before the World Forum in Hawaii May 3-6, 2011.
In our early surveys we have defined early childhood as the time of life up to age 8, divided into infants and toddlers birth to 3, preschoolers 3 to 5, and early elementary children 5 to 8. Moving forward the group will be developing consensus to these important questions on early childhood education curriculum:
- Should young children help determine their curriculum?
- What do early childhood practitioners need to learn, know, and do?
- Does a set of early childhood curriculum principles apply in all countries of the world?
- What should the curriculum be for infants and toddlers?
- How should we assess curriculum effects on children from birth through 8?
- How should early childhood practitioners work with parents?
- How should an early childhood curriculum contribute to young children’s development?
- How should an early childhood curriculum fit into various cultures?
- How should an early childhood curriculum serve young children with special needs?
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