The Implications of Developmentally Appropriate Practice for the Kindergarten General Music Classroom Journal Article uri icon



  • The purpose of this study was to examine the implications of Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) for the kindergarten general music classroom. Ethnographic procedures (classroom observations, interviews, and artifact collection) were used to collect data in three kindergarten music classrooms throughout an academic year. Data were coded using five global dimensions of DAP (creating a caring community of learners, teaching to enhance development and understanding, constructing appropriate curriculum, assessing children's development and learning, and establishing reciprocal relationships with families), as published by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Findings included practices congruent with DAP such as engagement as co-learners, inclusion of children's requests, inclusion of play, adjustment to individual needs, assessment in authentic contexts, and respect for family contexts. Incongruent practices included favoritism, lack of response to developmental needs, inflexible curricular decisions, and sparse communication with families. Implications included the need for early childhood coursework and mentorship.

publication date

  • April 1, 2004

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  • closed

Date in CU Experts

  • October 3, 2013 11:06 AM

Full Author List

  • Miranda ML

author count

  • 1

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International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-4294

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-0095

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 43

end page

  • 63


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