ERIC Number: ED337246
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
A Statewide Search for Exemplary Practices in Early Childhood Education in Illinois.
DeStefano, Lizanne; And Others
This paper examined state and community programs for preschool-aged children in Illinois during a 1-year period in order to identify, describe, and publicize effective practices in early childhood education. Exemplars, rather than content-specific standards, were used for selection criteria. A qualitative, connoisseurship model of evaluation was used by teams of experts in early childhood education. The nine programs that were selected as finalists represented four practice areas: (1) staffing patterns; (2) service delivery; (3) family involvement; and (4) program design. It is concluded that the findings may move the state closer to an understanding of commonalities in programs for young children that exist across ability groupings, service providers, and geographic areas. The use of content experts in the planning, design, and conduct of the evaluation helped build credibility for the evaluation. Case study methodology was used successfully, and case study information will be used in the resource directory that will be made available to persons interested in implementing practices in other areas. It was found that local programs either did not have access to data concerning the effectiveness of their programs, or they lacked the skills, resources, and encouragement needed to evaluate their practices. (SH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Illinois; Illinois State Board of Education
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).