Volume 3, Issue 6, December 2018, Page: 92-101
Current Reflections on the Principal of Caring in the Nursery and the Physical and Human Space Devoted to Early Childhood
Ana Katia Alves Dos Santos, Department of Methodologies and Practices in Education, Faculty of Education, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil
Received: Oct. 31, 2018;       Accepted: Dec. 6, 2018;       Published: Jan. 4, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20180306.11      View  25      Downloads  11
This article updates reflections since the first version published in a Brazilian scientific journal in 2017 relating to the study of one of the basic principles of Early Childhood Education in the nursery segment: the caring. Caring is a concept widely debated in the field of human formation devoted to young children/infants. The theme of Early Childhood today occupies in the international scene an ample and complete debate in view of the establishment of a new world culture which looks at infants as a part of nations’ patrimony (assets). Therefore they should be cared for and protected with more rights and receive a dignified life beginning with its uterine constitution and then strengthen upon the child’s arrival in the nursery. In this sense the thesis is defended that the care of young children and infants is an ethical and affectionate way to educate, thus surpassing the vision based on assistentialism. Caring in educational institutions devoted to early childhood is meant to guarantee watching over, shelter and safety; it is the locus of protection, welcoming, development and learning. It also expresses itself in the form that its physical environment is built and organized. Therefore the reflections presented here emphasize the organization of the physical environment as a significant element in caring. In this reflexive path the metaphor of the “uterine environment” was utilized. In this text it was done as a form of comparison of the nursery as the extension of the former, given that the later should provide continuity to the functions provided by the former. The conception of the research here is qualitatively based utilizing the focus group method which is composed of children’s professors in training linked to a component of the curriculum of the Faculty of Education of the Federal University of Bahia with the code EDC308. In addition the research is supported by the action of the group coordinated by the author with the name Criethus (Center of Investigation, Defense and Education of Infants). It is also linked to the research project with registration 4391 in SIDOC-UFBA and depends as well with the implications of the author’s experience as having been a school teacher and administrator devoted to Early Childhood and Infantile Education. In this role she dialogued with architects in order to guarantee meaningful and quality spaces in which to educate children. [….] are among the authors whose theories provide the foundation for this study.
Early Childhood, Caring, Physical Environment, Human Environment, Education
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Ana Katia Alves Dos Santos, Current Reflections on the Principal of Caring in the Nursery and the Physical and Human Space Devoted to Early Childhood, International Journal of Education, Culture and Society. Vol. 3, No. 6, 2018, pp. 92-101. doi: 10.11648/j.ijecs.20180306.11
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