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Volume :14 Issue : 3 1986      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Concept Formation in Early Years: The Role of the Kindergarten and Primary School

Auther : Samira A. EL-Sayed

The importance of concepts in general, and concept formation in early years in particular, inspired the author to deal in detail with this subject.

This article aims at investigating the main factors which influence the process of concept formation in early years, with particular reference to the role of the Kindergarten and Primary School. Specifically, the article deals with the following:

  1. the importance of concepts to the individual in general in enabling him to understand his surroundings accurately and relate himself to objects, situations and people.
  2. Concepts: definition, types and attributes.
  3. Detailed discussion of concept formation and development in early years with reference to the work of piaget, Bruner and other writers.
  4. The significant role of the kindergarten in the process of concept formation and development in early years. The discussion shows the importance of providing learning situations and materials to stimulate self learning and discovery through play, social interaction and self expression.
  5. The role of the primary school: The discussion stresses the importance of self learning and discovery through providing situations for learning and building on past experience, taking into account the students’ ability and level of achievement.

The article is based on secondary as well as primary  data, and personal experience by the author as a college teacher in two Gulf countries.

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