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The Classrooms All Young Children NeedLessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley$
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Patricia M. Cooper

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226115238

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226115252.001.0001

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Introduction Why Interpret the Clear?

Introduction Why Interpret the Clear?

(p.5) Introduction Why Interpret the Clear?
The Classrooms All Young Children Need

Patricia M. Cooper

University of Chicago Press

Vivian Paley's work is based on her classroom investigations and this analysis implies her educational philosophy and pedagogy, that is, what kind of classrooms do young children need? This book has judiciously selected concepts from the range of Paley's classroom investigations that present a true dilemma regarding the best use of supporting literature on any given topic from a scholarly perspective. The book also tries to illuminate Paley's seminal concepts and practices and their place in the evolution of her thinking from a critical perspective. Paley's pedagogy of meaning is focused and her views on the role of fantasy play, storytelling, and story acting in early childhood education are also highlighted. This chapter addresses Paley's vision of psychologically safe classrooms by presenting Paley's pedagogy of fairness in which children are not divided by the insidious categories of race, difference, gender, or talent.

Keywords:   Vivian Paley, classroom, young children, pedagogy of meaning, pedagogy of fairness, educational philosophy

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