A study for the designing of a model curriculum of early Christian education based on Piaget's theory
The aim of this thesis is to design an appropriate curriculum for early Christian education in the context of Korean early Christian education, which has not been fully developed and in which country there have been but few such curricula in Christian schools for young children. For the designing of a curriculum which will be effective in content and method, the study of Piaget's theory as one which can be helpful for the effectiveness of early childhood education is essential. This aim is developed in chapter 1. In chapter 2, in order to understand Piaget's cognitive development theory clearly, the definition of terms, the factor of the sensori-motor period, and that of the pre-operational period are dealt with. To assist in the understanding of Piaget's theory, terms such as schema, assimilation, accommodation, and equilibration are defined and exemplified. In chapter 3, the educational implications of Piaget's theory, for specifically Christian education, yielded up three categories: sequencing and content of curriculum, and methodology of teaching. The Kamii and Lavatelli programmes based on Piaget's theory are discussed. Children's God-concept development theories of Goldman, Williams, and Elkind - based on Piaget's theory - are discussed in chapter 4. Goldman found in his research that there are three main stages of children's religious thinking: the pre-religious stage, the sub-religious stage, and the religious stage.