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Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


The curriculum described uses the central theme of "the family" as a core idea to connect and organize different areas of knowledge such as language arts, science, music, etc. The curriculum was implemented in a nursery-kindergarten class in a small, private elementary school in Manhattan. The class was a mixed age grouping of three, four, and five year olds. The first chapter describes a philosophy of education based on the philosophy and writing of John Dewey. The second chapter looks at the developmental level of the age group, based on the theories of Erik Erikson and Jean Piaget. The third chapter describes the particular class involved in this study. The fourth chapter gives a rationale for the choosing of the family theme. A full description of the curriculum including all activities and children's responses to the activities is given in the fifth chapter. The final chapter is a description of how the "family" curriculum met its goals.


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