Academics vs. Play: The False Dilemma That Some Principals Face (NAEYC blog)

Researchers Shayna Cook and Abbie Lieberman report on the results of their investigations into whether and how US elementary school principals (primary school head teachers) understand play as learning. The news is not good!  As Cook and Lieberman report, "the majority of principals felt pressured to limit play time in pre-K, kindergarten, and the early grades to focus on acade...

1817-2017: Two Centuries of ‘Froebel the Pedagogue’ in Keilhau

With the IFS as patron, The Thuringia (Germany) Froebel Association and JugendSozialwerk Nordhausen e. V. are hosting a number of events in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the founding of Froebel's first educational institution, “Allgemeine Deutsche Erziehungsanstalt” (General German Education Institute) in Keilhau/Rudolstadt. In addition to celebrating Froebel's achiev...

New Book: ‘The Translatlantic Kindergarten’ by Ann Taylor Allen

Oxford University Press has published a new book by renowned historian (and IFS plenary speaker) Professor Emerita Ann Taylor Allen entitled The Transatlantic Kindergarten: Education and Women's Movements in Germany and the United States (2017) As the Press's website explains, "In this elegant book, Ann Taylor Allen presents the first transnational history of the kindergarte...

Research on 175+ years of Kindergarten Education

In 2015 the IFS marked the 175th anniversary of the opening of the first kindergarten by Friedrich Froebel. Much has changed since that fateful experiment began, but many of Froebel's principles continue to guide high-quality early childhood education around the world today.  On the history of the kindergarten and of early childhood education along Froebelian lines, see, for ex...

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