Educational activities in Janusz Korczak's Orphans' home in warsaw: A historical case study and its implications for current child and youth care practice

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Abstract

In this article we propose additional ideas for group care and treatment programs, based on a historical case study of Korczak's orphans' home in Warsaw. Six domains of his educational framework are linked with six areas in the current educational literature, all related to residential education: a. "children's society" activities; b. ongoing evaluation in the school in the social area under the children's control; c. essential, continuous communication channels to suit everyone; d. education for work and for taking care of oneself; e. changing, multi-age groups; and f. the use of apprentice-teacher experience in training educators. At the end we propose four additional conclusions for research on group care and treatment programs derived from Korczak's work that can be applied today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-298
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Youth Care Forum
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1998

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