ERIC Number: ED367453
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Competent Children: Influences of Early Childhood Experiences. Pilot Study Report.
Hendricks, Anne; And Others
A pilot study was undertaken in preparation for a longitudinal study of the influences of early childhood experiences on children's competence. The pilot study was designed to try out the interviews, observations, and other record-keeping procedures to be used in the main study. The pilot study sample consisted of 19 families with a child 4-to-5 years of age in a family day care or center-based care setting. The children were observed within their early childhood setting a minimum of five times during each of three separate occasions, and two interviews were conducted with their parents or primary caregivers. Pilot study data includes demographic information, parents' perceived benefits of early childhood care, comparison of parents' and teachers' perceptions of their children's competence, and characteristics of early care settings rated high on several variables. The results of the pilot study enabled researchers to: (1) test the instruments and field-work procedures, and the scoring, data entry, and analysis procedure; (2) modify instruments and procedures to ensure that the main study will be effective and manageable for the resources available; (3) prepare guidelines for fieldworkers and coders; (4) indicate important parameters for the main study sample; and (5) indicate some preliminary patterns in the data. (TJQ)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Competence, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Day Care Effects, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Measurement Techniques, Parent Attitudes, Pilot Projects, Research Methodology, Test Validity
New Zealand Council for Educational Research Distribution Services, P.O. Box 3237, Wellington, New Zealand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Univ. of Wellington (New Zealand).; New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand