Foreword
Lilian G. Katz, Ph.D.
This Catalog accompanied the Project Approach Study Group’s presentation at the 1998 annual meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Toronto, Canada. As in the first Project Approach Catalog, published in 1996, the project summaries of this 1998 issue indicate the range of locations, settings, age groups and mixes, and project topics with which the Study Group members have been working.

A variety of issues of common concern to the group are addressed in the articles included in this Catalog. These include the phases of project work, project topic selection, the value of drawing in projects, introducing investigation skills with a mini-project, involving special needs children in projects, engaged learning and standards of work, and helping students at various levels of professional training to learn how to implement the Project Approach.

In honor of the special occasion of meeting in Toronto, NAEYC’s first annual conference outside of U.S. borders, this Catalog also features the rich and instructive implementation and research on the Project Approach taking place in Canada. As can readily be seen from this special section on the Canadian experience, there is much for all of us to learn from their practice and research.

The project summaries show how preschool and primary school children can fruitfully investigate a variety of topics. Even though all the projects described follow a basic pattern of phases of project work, the experiences and accomplishments of the children are determined and shaped by those directly involved.

The section on the Internet is included to bring to your attention the various ways the Internet, Web sites, and listservs can support your efforts and facilitate communication with others facing similar kinds of questions and challenges. As the section on available resources shows, the literature and materials related to the Project Approach continues to grow steadily.

We welcome your comments and suggestions for the next Catalog, and look forward to hearing about your efforts and experiences in using the Project Approach.


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