ERIC Number: ED143455
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov-1
Reference Count: 0
Education Commission of the States. Final Report.
Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
This report describes a study on the need for and feasibility of establishing an international system for facilitating access to materials on early childhood development. The Education Commission of the States (ECS) investigated international need for and interest in the establishment of a common pool of information from international sources, and developed an approach to establishing such a system. Three phases of the study are described. Phase I involved distribution of a questionnaire exploring early childhood needs to communications experts, early childhood agency officials and professionals in 75 nations. Questionnaire responses resulted in the convening of subsequent planning sessions (Phases II and III) during which guidelines were established on systems design and implementation. It appeared that structuring an information system through informal arrangements with countries and regional organizations, as opposed to working through official government or U.N. agencies, was most feasible. A pilot project was proposed in which the International Children's Centre (with the assistance of ECS) would: (1) create a repository of developmental, program, communications and motivational information, and (2) provide this information to researchers and scholars, decision-makers, and persons who work with young children. Two major products available from the information center would be: knowledge abstracts, and how-to-do-it kits. A meeting was set for the spring of 1977 to review the program's progress. (BF)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Resources, Feasibility Studies, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, International Educational Exchange, International Organizations, Pilot Projects
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Bureau (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.
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