Some researchers and educators have argued that developmentally appropriate practice (DAP), a teaching approach in which children construct their own learning and knowledge through guided interactions with their physical and social environments, holds promise as a foundation for early learning. According to DAP, the teacher's role is to facilitate learning, extend activities, challenge students and emphasize critical thinking, problem-solving and co-operation. In short, the teacher is "a dispenser of occasions" rather than a dispenser of knowledge.
DAP is designed to capitalize on children's intrinsic drive to understand their own experiences through exploration and experimentation. Read more at
www.ccl-cca.ca/pdfs/LessonsInLearning/06_10_09-E.pdf10 Jun 2009