ERIC Number: ED390534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Effective Early Learning: Mapping Diversity and Tracking Development.
This paper describes and reviews the Effective Early Learning (EEL) Research Project's approach to quality evaluation and improvement in early childhood settings in the United Kingdom which focuses primarily on enhancing the effectiveness of the early learning experiences of young children. The project began work in May 1993 and is completing its second, developmental, phase of operation. In the first 2 years of operation, the project mapped the diversity of early learning experiences offered to 3- and 4-year-old children within a wide range of early childhood environments. The experience of 4 years development work on the EEL provided the following six principles of action for quality evaluation and improvement process: (1) adopting a dynamic, developmental approach which views the processes of evaluation and improvement as inseparable; (2) utilizing procedures which are shared, democratic and collaborative; (3) implementing a bottom-up process; (4) developing a systematic, rigorous, and agreed-upon evaluative framework which is implemented over an extended period of time; (5) ensuring the action is supported and has outcomes which are monitored; and (6) aiming to develop a process which empowers and develops practitioners, parents and children. Contains 19 references. (AP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Early Childhood Development Programs; Early Learning Centers; Program Development Evaluation; Program Monitoring; United Kingdom
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).