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ERIC Number: ED310882
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 14
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Curriculum Decision Making in Early Childhood Centres in Two Regions of NSW, Australia.
Schiller, Wendy
A study was conducted to explore the nature of curriculum decision making in early childhood education centers in New South Wales (NSW). Focal questions were: (1) What perceptions did people hold concerning the meanings of curriculum in early childhood centers? (2) Within centers, who participated in the making of the decisions about curriculum? (3) What emphases were placed on parent participation, objectives, activities, evaluation of individual children, and support resources? (4) What curriculum policy documents, if any, from local, regional, and state levels influenced centers? Participating were 20 preschools/day care centers, which were spread across socioeconomic levels and geographically dispersed within two regions. Centers were administered by the Kindergarten Union, the NSW Education Department, or the Department of Family and Community Services. Questionnaires and interviews with the directors of the centers revealed a need for the clarification of the precise meaning of 'curriculum' in all centers and a need for diversity in curriculum approaches. Directors and staff need substantial support in programming, materials development, and staff development activities. Patterns of differences between types of institutions did not emerge as significant except for differences in available planning time and staff autonomy. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia