Child Development

All future teachers take at least one course in child development. These courses provide an opportunity for an examination of child rearing in different cultures and its implications for teaching practice. At the University of Maryland, College Park, international materials and perspectives are being incorporated into a course called “Exploring Teaching in Early Childhood Education.” Resources developed for one section of the course will be available to all faculty in the department who teach related courses. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers “Cultural Variations in Families and Children.” This course examines similarities and differences in families and in ways of raising and teaching children outside the United States and in different cultural groups within the United States. Early childhood educators around the country have been interested in the Reggio Emilia methods of pre-school education developed in Italy after World War II. The group included higher-education faculty who now introduce these principles to pre-service teachers.