ERIC Number: ED360101
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Five Perspectives on Quality in Early Childhood Programs. Perspectives from ERIC/EECE: A Monograph Series, No. 1.
Katz, Lilian G.
This monograph on quality in early childhood programs contains two parts: an exploratory essay on the subject and an annotated bibliography selected from a search of the ERIC data base from 1985 through April 1993. The essay examines five perspectives on assessing the quality of early childhood programs. A top-down perspective on quality assessment identifies selected characteristics of a program, such as adult-child ratios and staff qualifications. A bottom-up perspective attempts to determine how the program is experienced by the participating children. Such an approach asks, among other things, whether the children feel accepted by peers, protected by adults, and interested in, rather than bored or frustrated by, their experiences. The experiences of the families served by a program are assessed in an outside-inside perspective, which asks whether families feel that they are accepted and that their goals for their children are respected. The fourth perspective, from the inside, considers how a program is experienced by its staff. In this approach, working conditions, career advancement, and respect for staff are assessed. Finally, the outside perspective takes into account how the community is served by the program through assessing such factors as allocation of community resources and affordability of the program to families. The implications of the use of multiple perspectives for assessing program quality are discussed. A list of 20 references is provided. The bibliography of documents and journal articles on quality in early childhood programs that follows the essay forms the bulk of the document. Each item in the bibliography contains bibliographic information and an abstract of the document or article. (BC)
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Educational Quality, Evaluation Methods, Family School Relationship, School Community Relationship, Student Experience, Teacher Attitudes
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (Catalog No. 208, $12, plus $1.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.