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Using DAP in the Program

Discussion Topic


Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) is an essential component to use when working with young children and their growth and development.

For your initial post, discuss the following:

  1. Compare and contrast ‘developmentally appropriate’ and ‘age appropriate in 2-3 sentences.
  2. Provide one (1) example for each age group (0-2, 3-5 and school-age) of a developmentally appropriate activity that reflects learning theory from three (3) different theorists on the Educational Learning Theories and Theorists chart and the Lesson Content.


  • For example, playing ‘peek-a-boo’ with an infant represents Pestalozzi’s theory that learning should be spontaneous and occur with self-activity. According to DAP Guideline 1 – Creating a caring community of learners (E.1) interactions and experiences provided by teachers help children feel secure, relaxed, and comfortable, ‘peek-a-boo’ is developmentally appropriate.
  1. Also, explain why is it important for ECE professionals to understand the connection between theory and developmentally appropriate practice.

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