Integrating the Arts and Culture in the Early Childhood Curriculum Using 21st Century Pedagogies
Hilary Seitz, University of Alaska Anchorage, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Washington, D.C., United States ISBN 978-1-939797-32-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The purpose of this collaborative project is to support early childhood preservice teacher preparation and teacher professional development in Alaska so more teachers are competent and confident to teach using 21st century teaching pedagogies through integrated arts and cultural experiences. These pedagogies include building a curriculum that is culturally responsive, connecting and integrating content in the curriculum in a meaningful way particularly with an arts-rich focus, and one that uses the 4Cs of 21st Century Skills framework. By using these 21st century pedagogies, a competent teacher is knowledgeable about community arts and cultural resources and skillfully applies that knowledge to the classroom setting. A confident teacher values and practices the integration of arts and culture into the classroom, takes risks by venturing into various cultural venues, and collaborates with peers and the community. A competent and confident teacher reflects and analyzes his or her classroom practices and adapts and innovates accordingly based on the needs of the students and families in the classroom and supports the development of the 4C’s (Creativity, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Communication). This project shows how Alaska is growing 21st Century early childhood teachers who use these pedagogies.
Seitz, H. (2018). Integrating the Arts and Culture in the Early Childhood Curriculum Using 21st Century Pedagogies. In E. Langran & J. Borup (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 1220-1224). Washington, D.C., United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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