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Volume 1, Issue 4 (1972)

The Case for the Academic Preschool - Fact or Fiction

pp. 17—22

Over the past few years there has been a remarkable growth of professional interest in young children and in the preschool education they receive. In part, this new interest in young children derives from research which suggests that the preschool years are of great importance not only for social and emotional but for intellectual growth. While the research findings came as no surprise to nursery school teachers, they seem to have come as something of a revelation to many educators and psychologists. A major consequence of this new focus upon preschool education is that it include more formal, academic types of instruction. In the present essay, I want to examine some of the arguments for the formalization of preschool education.

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