ERIC Number: ED388394
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Sep-26
Multiple Perspectives on Starting Right.
Katz, Lilian G.
This paper addresses multiple perspectives on the quality of early childhood care and education, including lessons learned from programs in various countries, the implications of these perspectives, and recommendations for the improvement of early childhood provision. It also examines the ideas expressed in the 1994 "Start Right" report on early childhood provision issued by the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce in London, England. The paper reviews five perspectives on quality: (1) top-down, which focuses on caregiver-child ratios, staff qualifications, and physical environment; (2) bottom-up, which considers the views of the children in the program; (3) inside, or staff views; (4) outside-in, which focuses on parent attitudes; and (5) outside, or the community and society at-large. The paper recommends the strengthening of early childhood teacher education programs, the use of mixed-age grouping in early childhood programs, and the use of parent cooperative models of early childhood provision, by which all parents would have direct involvement in their young children's care and education. (Contains 33 references.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Start Right Conference of the Royal Society for the Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (London, England, United Kingdom, September 1995).