Nurturing creativity in young children for heightened engineering prowess

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This article explores the German early education of young children from the perspective of Dr Andanastuti Muchtar from the National University of Malaysia (UKM) who went on an exchange programme to the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) beginning 1st October 2007 and ending 30th September 2008. As the author was privileged to share the German experience with her spouse and three children, her exposure to the German education system was not only limited to that which she gained from her work at university, but also included the experience of her young children in kindergarten and at school. In this paper, the author wishes to share her experience and analysis on early education in Germany from her point of view, which is both that of a university academic and a mother observing the development of her young children in a German kindergarten and school. The children's cognitive development and their learning processes are enhanced by their experience, observation, and interactions with other children while playing at school and at playgrounds in Germany. It is suggested that the engineering prowess of the Germans may also be the result of early engineering exposure, which is inculcated in the very young.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)406-412
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Sciences
Volume8
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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Keywords

  • Academic exchange
  • Cognitive development
  • Early education
  • Experience
  • Learning process

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