Preschool Teachers' Shared Beliefs About Appropriate Pedagogy for 4-Year-Olds

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Abstract

The 18 preschool teachers in the study tended to agree that preschool education for 4-year-olds should foremost be fun and engaging, not stressful. Teachers should develop curricula based on children's interests and everyday lives, and allow children to choose their activities and to direct their own play and exploration at their own pace. The goal of preschool education should be to promote children's social, emotional, and physical well-being, and not focus so much on academic learning.

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