ERIC Number: ED329343
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov-7
Reference Count: N/A
Defining and Assessing Quality in Early Childhood Centres.
Farquhar, Sarah-Eve J.
This paper examines the problem of defining quality in early childhood centers, the nature of evaluation methods, and the contributions of research to the promotion of high quality. The concept of quality is multidimensional and dynamic, and there is no consensus about a definition of quality in the literature. Quality can be viewed from many perspectives, though the dominant perspective is that of child development. There are a number of mechanisms and strategies for promoting high quality. These include staff training, public funding and related support, sponsorship of centers, and assessment instruments. Sponsorship can be under state or private auspices, and involves such issues as licensing and fiscal regulation, quality monitoring systems, and staff certification and center accreditation. Assessment instruments include the Day Care Quality Assessment Instrument, the Parent Guide to Quality Day Care, and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale. Research on such issues as differences between practitioners' perceived and actual practice can strengthen the knowledge about quality. The research process should involve parents and practitioners. The paper includes a list of 54 references. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Day Care Quality Assessment Instrument; Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale; New Zealand; Parent Guide to Quality Day Care Centers; Quality Indicators
Note: Paper presented at the New Zealand Council for Educational Research Seminar (Wellington, New Zealand, November 7, 1989).