In early childhood education (ECE), curriculum encompasses prevailing theories, approaches and models. Curriculum is planned appropriately based on the knowledge of theory and research about how children develop and learn, with special attention given to individual children’s needs and interests in relation to program goals. In this paper, focusing on ECE, I discuss the underlying rationale, principles and meaning of developmentally appropriate curriculum (DAC) as developed by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the United States in 1987. Drawing from relevant literature, I discuss issues of relevance, and application related to DAC with specific reference to ECE experience in Hong Kong. Copyright © 2001 New Horizons in Education.
|Journal||New Horizons in Education|
|Publication status||Published - May 2001|
CitationWong, P. S. S. (2001). The issues of developmentally appropriate curriculum: Relevance and application to the early childhood curriculum in Hong Kong. New Horizons in Education, 43, 62-70.
- Early childhood education
- Developmentally appropriate curriculum