ERIC Number: ED352122
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Capturing the Quality of Education Provision for Young Children: A Story of Developing Professionals and Developing Methodology.
A study documented, evaluated, and compared the quality of education provided to 3- and 4-year-old children in diverse settings in the United Kingdom. The study also explored the relationship between different forms of child care settings and children's educational experiences, and considered the use of a combination of an evaluation of educational quality and professional development and training as an instrument for improving the quality of early childhood education. Detailed, qualitative descriptions of the experiences and practices, related to educational quality, of individuals involved in creating children's educational experiences were gathered. These individuals included managers, educators, parents, and children. This qualitative method is based on a recognition of the subjective and value-laden nature of the concept of quality. Data were gathered for 10 dimensions of quality: (1) aims and objectives; (2) curriculum; (3) teaching and learning styles; (4) planning, assessment, and record keeping; (5) staffing levels and staff training; (6) physical environment; (7) relationships and interaction; (8) equal opportunities with regard to race, class, and disability; (9) parental involvement, liaison, and coordination; and (10) monitoring and evaluation. Data for each dimension were collected using documentary analysis, systematic and focused observation and interviews, professional biographies, and vignettes. The type of qualitative methodology used is labor intensive, time consuming, and subject to bias, and can result in data overload. However, it also results in vivid, rich, and detailed accounts of policy grounded in practice; requires little specialist expertise to implement; and has a number of possible applications. (Contains 19 references.) (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (2nd, Worcester, England, August 27-29, 1992); see PS 020 890.