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An Analysis of the Primary Years Programme as a Socio-constructivist Curriculum Model

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An Analysis of the Primary Years Programme as a Socio-constructivist Curriculum Model

Sandrin, Ann (2010) An Analysis of the Primary Years Programme as a Socio-constructivist Curriculum Model. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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The purpose of the study was to determine whether the PYP curriculum contains the elements of an authentic socio-constructivist pedagogical model. Vygotsky’s historical-sociocultural research became the principal work through which the related principles of learning and teaching were identified. The theories that guided this study focused on the development of the child as a member of a learning community, the role of the teacher as a conduit for cognitive and metacognitive development, and the pedagogical elements of the classroom environment that contribute to developmentally appropriate practice (DAP). In order to undertake this research, the senior kindergarten (K2) level of Uptown Primary School was selected as the setting. In order to ascertain the PYP’s compatibility with socio-constructivism, several procedures were done that included a Comparison Chart of Perspectives (CCP), a Micro-analysis of a K2 Unit of Inquiry planner, and the assessment of the participants’ educational values and beliefs, in addition, to their perceptions of teacher practices. Findings from this study suggest that the PYP’s pedagogical framework is structured according to the philosophy and practices of an authentic socio-constructivist model, one that is based on the holistic development of the child, a child-centered and interactive pedagogy, and learning as a sociocultural endeavour.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Education
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Sandrin, Ann
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:M.A.
Program:Child Study
Date:July 2010
Thesis Supervisor(s):Jacobs, Ellen
ID Code:7175
Deposited By: ANN SANDRIN
Deposited On:09 Jun 2011 15:00
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:30

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