ERIC Number: ED270218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Health: A Key Factor in the Evaluation of Day Care.
Bollin, Gail G.
Research has inadequately examined why health has become a problem in the day care setting. Health regulations for day care have not been researched in the day care setting per se but have been imposed on day care by the medical community working from a hospital model. Day care research has presumed that having antecedent health regulations in place would control the outcome of a good health program. Taken altogether, research has failed to uncover the source of the day care health problem or to offer solutions because it has concentrated on the structural variables of health component regulations and has ignored the functional variables of daily interpersonal and environmental transactions in day care centers. This dilemma can be resolved by applying to the evaluation of the health component of day care the qualitative and quantitative methodologies developed to study the functional variables of socioemotional and cognitive development. (Appended are charts depicting inadequate through excellent programmatic responses to several health component variables, as well as tables that elaborate a framework for studying several functional/transactional variables and that specify research methodologies particularly apt for studying health transactions from the separate perspectives of staff, parents, and children. A three-page list of references concludes the document.) (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (70th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986). Some tables contain small type.