Developmentally Appropriate Practice: continuing the dialogue


development, child development, education, practices


The papers that follow were prepared for a session sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Governing Board Committee on Professional Practice. The session was designed to engage members in dialogue concerning issues related to ‘developmentally appropriate practices’ within diverse communities and cultures. As a member of NAEYC’s governing board, I organized and moderated the session, and Marilou Hyson acted as discussant. Presenters prepared written answers to the question, ‘What is the value and what are the risks in the developmentally appropriate practice concept?’ They presented their ideas at the session, and a complex and exhilarating discussion followed. After the session, we decided the written answers might provide the stimulus for further discussion of the important issues raised in the session. That is the purpose of this colloquium.

Original Publication Citation

Hart, C.H., with Hatch, A., Bowmann, B., Jor’dan, J., Morgan, C.L., Soto, L.D., Lubeck, S., & Hyson, M. (2003). Developmentally appropriate practices: Continuing the Dialog. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 3, 439-457.

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Conference Paper

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Triangle Journals Ltd




Family, Home, and Social Sciences


Family Life

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor