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Product Description-The Best Schools: How Human Development
         Research Should Inform Educational Practice
   Educators, politicians, parents, and even students are consumed with speaking the language of academic achievement. Yet
    something is missing in the current focus on accountability, standardized testing, and adequate yearly progress. If schools
  continue to focus the conversation on rigor and accountability and ignore more human elements of education, many students
   may miss out on opportunities to discover the richness of individual exploration that schools can foster.In The Best Schools,
     Armstrong urges educators to leave narrow definitions of learning behind and return to the great thinkers of the past 100
 years—Montessori, Piaget, Freud, Steiner, Erikson, Dewey, Elkind, Gardner—and to the language of human development and
  the whole child. The Best Schools highlights examples of educational programs that are honoring students’ differences, using
developmentally appropriate practices, and promoting a humane approach to education that includes the following elements:*An
    emphasis on play for early childhood learning.*Theme- and project-based learning for elementary school students.8Active
         learning that recognizes the social, emotional, and cognitive needs of adolescents in middle schools.*Mentoring,
apprenticeships, and cooperative education for high school students.Educators in "the best schools" recognize the differences in
the physical, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual worlds of students of different ages. This book will help educators reflect on how
   to help each student reach his or her true potential, how to inspire each child and adolescent to discover an inner passion to
                             learn, and how to honor the unique journey of each individual through life.



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Customer Reviews:
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful Tells What's Wrong With The Schools... Again, January 22, 2007 By Lynn
Ellingwood "The ESOL Teacher" (Webster, NY United States)
     This review is from: The Best Schools: How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice
(Paperback) This book introduces another educational philosophy, Human Development Research and urges educators to
invent a new discourse surrounding the philosophy. I don't disagree with the author's beliefs, but I have trouble with how
infatuated education is with "discourse" of any kind. All school reforms have seemed to be child centered at first and I'm not sure
they work out that way. The standards movement was actually child centered when it began too. The author makes good points
and this book can be very valuable if it stops this NCLB "achievement" oriented reforms. I just fear how it will apply in the future
if people jump on board. We always end up with standardized tests and rote learning in the end.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful

Every teacher should take this in mind!, August 23, 2010 By C. Guerrero "book eater" (Lima, Per)
 This review is from: The Best Schools: How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice (Paperback)
Dr. Armstrong explains in an amazing way the problems we could find on education today, at all levels, and the best is, that he
also gives us Examples of Developmentally Appropiate Practice, according to the characteristics of every development stage. I
totally recommend it for teachers and parents.

Great book, January 14, 2012 By Mimi
This review is from: The Best Schools: How Human Development Research Should Inform Educational Practice (Paperback)
Although I bought this book to help me with research for a class,I enjoyed reading it. It is an eye-opener. If you are a college
student or someone who works in education or human development field, buy and read this book.

				
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