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ERIC Number: ED399015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Pages: 14
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Is Quality a Subjective or Objective Matter?
Smith, Anne B.
Everyone involved in early childhood services needs to think about how program quality is defined--as either objective, or as subjective and value-based. Subjective accounts involve perspectives on the nature of quality which come from thinking persons, while objective accounts involve the nature of quality as it exists, independent of the way that it is being interpreted. Research-based objective definitions of quality come from three waves of research: (1) whether being in a child care setting was good or bad for children compared to being at home; (2) what effects variations in the quality of child care settings have on children's development; and (3) how child care quality combines with family factors to produce effects on children's development. It is impossible to define quality without considering cultural goals, and definitions of quality do not emerge from research alone. Research findings have an important role to play in defining quality, however, and a solely values-based approach is not without danger. Quality is a matter of collective values, which must be negotiated by consideration of the value perspectives of the various stakeholders, including the children. (Contains 24 references.) (MOK)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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