Studying the Creation of Kindergarten (25 Oct 2005)
Modern design and business pundits increasingly applaud the benefits of creating optimal 'customer experiences' with methodologies ranging from ethnographic studies to usability testing.In the course of designing kindergarten, Frobel fashioned a pioneering set of 'user-centered' design processes. He assessed the cultural conditions of his day, analyzed the psychological motives of young children, and established a set of qualitative metrics.
Before Frobel invented kindergarten, children under the age of seven where generally deemed to be incapable of learning intellectual or emotional skills. After careful study, Frobel hypothesized that harnessing the natural impulses of children could ease learning and foster enduring knowledge. He proceeded to cite the significance of 'play' in childhood and designed a corresponding curriculum.
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