Engaging Children's Minds

The Project Approach, 2nd Edition

by Lilian G. Katz, Sylvia C. Chard


Presents an introduction to the Project Approach to teaching children from preschool through the primary grades.

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May 2000


Pages 215
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Current Events and Issues/Education

This new edition incorporates many insights and strategies the authors have learned while working extensively with teachers to implement the project approach. Since the popular first edition was published in 1989, the authors have continued to help teachers around the world understand the benefits of this approach. Katz and Chard discuss in great detail the philosophical, theoretical, and research bases of project work. The typical phases are presented and detailed suggestions for implementing each one are described. Using specific examples, this book clarifies and articulates the process and benefits of the project approach.

These specific examples outline how children's intellectual development is enhanced. Years of working with teachers and young children from preschool to primary age provide the authors with first hand experience for employing the project approach. Helpful guidelines will aid teachers in working with this approach comfortably in order to gain the interset of children and in order for those to grow and florish mentally.

Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Chapter 1. Introduction to the Project Approach
Chapter 2. Principles of Practice in the Early Years
Chapter 3. Project Work in Action
Chapter 4. Features of the Project Approach
Chapter 5. Issues in Selecting Topics for Projects
Chapter 6. Teacher Planning
Chapter 7. Phase I: Getting Projects Started
Chapter 8. Phase II: Projects in Progress
Chapter 9. Phase III: Concluding Projects
Chapter 10. Drawing in the Context of a Project
Chapter 11. The Project Approach in Perspective
Appendix A. Houses: How Are They Built?
Appendix B. Guidelines for a Project on Seedpods
Appendix C. Dramatic Play in the Hospital
Appendix D. Instructions for Children: How to Make your Own Book
Appendix E. Project Webs for Going Shopping, Weather, and a Construction Site
Appendix F. School Bus Webs for Younger and Older Children Appendix G. Zoom Web on Homes
Appendix H. A Walk Around the School
Appendix I. Project Web for "How we Get our Fish"
Author Index
Subject Index

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