Widely recognized as one of the key dimensions of school readiness, approaches to learning is a construct that has been influential in early childhood standards-setting, curriculum design, and assessment. This entry first provides a brief history and definition of the construct and evidence for specific components. It then summarizes research about the importance of positive approaches to learning in children’s development, describes some contemporary and emerging applications, and identifies future issues for approaches-to-learning research, policy, and practice.

History and Definition

The National Education Goals Panel and School Readiness

In the United States, an education summit convened in 1989 by then-President George H. W. Bush identified a set of national education goals. As approved by Congress and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton in 1994, the first of ...

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