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ERIC Number: ED400093
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Nov
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Promoting and Investing in Early Childhood Development Projects.
Seng, Seok Hoon
This paper describes the impact of three early childhood education research programs in Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and funded by the Bernard van Leer Foundation. The Mount Druitt Project in Australia has implemented institution- and home-based educational programs, which also monitor children's physical development and work closely with parents. One of the most important outcomes has been the spread of preschools into the Government system, especially in disadvantaged areas. There has been little short-term effect on school performance; lasting effects are more closely related to social and attitudinal development than to cognitive variables. The Singapore Project is a 9-year longitudinal study investigating cognitive and social development in preschoolers in three 3-year phases: (1) collecting baseline data on the normative development of 3,000 preschoolers; (2) providing center-based intervention focusing on English language skills; and (3) developing a closer home-school-society relationship. This project provided the first comprehensive data on social and cognitive development of Singapore children, provided intensive training programs for practitioners in approximately 40 preschools, and developed effective parent and community involvement strategies. The Malaysian study investigated the development of over 3,000 preschoolers from various sections of Malaysian society. Findings indicated that urban advantaged children were more advanced in physical, cognitive, language, and socio-emotional development than were children from other groups. Estate children were the least advanced and rural children and urban disadvantaged did not differ from each other. Changes in child-rearing practices and preschool education were recommended to alleviate some of the differences among the groups. (KDFB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Malaysia; Singapore