Unpacking Developmentally Appropriate Practice
This article is a critique of the new publication, Developmentally Appropriate Practice, by NAEYC (2020). Specifically, it examines the concept fo best practices, specifically in the areas of of discipline, curriculum, and identity development. For each of these three areas, positive and negative instances are provided.
The new document by NAEYC, called Developmentally Appropriate Practice (2020) argues that it is culturally inappropriate to define best practices. This article argues that best practices should be described, and then does so for curriculum, discipline, and identiity. It also describes bad practices (negative instances).
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