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...

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...

History of the Kindergarten & Froebelian Education

The IFS has a keen interest in the history of the Kindergarten and of Froebelian Education more broadly. IFS conferences regularly include paper presentations as well as plenary lectures by eminent historians. The Society enjoys close links with archives holding notable collections of Froebeliana and of early childhood education records and materials more generally. Froeb...

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