ERIC Number: ED394634
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep
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Does Quality Make a Difference in the Preschool Experience in Bahrain?
Hadeed, Julie; Sylva, Kathy
This study sought to compare educationally-oriented preschools and care-oriented preschools in Bahrain. Children's progress was compared in an effort to measure the relative quality of the preschools. Twelve preschools were assessed through observations of child and staff behaviors utilizing the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). The ECERS preschool assessment categories include: (1) personal care routines; (2) furnishings and display; (3) language-reasoning experience; (4) fine and gross motor activities; (5) creative activities; (6) social development; and (7) adult needs. The results showed higher scores in all seven categories for children in educationally-oriented preschools than for children in care-oriented preschools. Compared to children in care-oriented preschools, for children who attended educationally-oriented preschools, there were a greater quantity and variety of materials in the preschool, more adult involvement and dialogue, more space to explore and experiment, more free play time, more creative activities, and better working conditions for teachers. The results showed less favorable conditions for early learning in the care-oriented preschools than in the educationally-oriented preschools. The research supports the evidence associating quality indices in child care environments with benefits for early learning. Contains 56 references. (Author/SD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Bahrain; Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale
Note: Paper presented at the European Conference on the Quality of Early Childhood Education (5th, Paris, France, September 7-9, 1995).