ERIC Number: ED405975
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Links between Early Childhood Development and Education and Primary Education. UNESCO Education Sector Monograph No. 6, 1996.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Early Childhood and Family Education Unit.
This report has two aims: (1) to stimulate discussion on issues, strategies, and possible activities at the international level relevant to the links between early childhood development and education and primary education; and (2) to gather additional ideas and information on relevant experiences and structures, to be included in a more comprehensive publication. Section 1, "Background," discusses access to primary education in developing countries and concerns about dropout rates and grade repetition. Section 2, "Early Childhood Development and Education," focuses on the role of early intervention programs in improving the progress and achievement of children in primary schools. Section 3, "Entrance into Primary School," discusses primary school entry as crucial for later success. Section 4, "The Rationale for Linking Early Childhood Development and Education," discusses the possibility of links between early and primary education programs in reducing underachievement, dropouts, and absenteeism, and considers various approaches to and expected outcomes of such linkages. Section 5, "Examples of Linked Programmes and Experiences," provides information on formal and nonformal program practices. Section 6, "Case Studies," describes programs in China, Denmark, France, Guyana, India, Morocco, and the United States. Section 7, "Policy Issues," considers several areas, including funding, curriculum, and administration. Section 8, "Conclusion," highlights the awareness of many nations that early intervention is more effective than later remedial measures. (Contains 52 references.) (KDFB)
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Developmental Continuity, Early Childhood Education, Early Experience, Early Intervention, Elementary Education, Foreign Countries, Partnerships in Education, Policy, Program Descriptions, School Readiness, Transitional Programs, Young Children
Early Childhood and Family Education Unit, ED/BAS/ECF, UNESCO, 7 Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). Early Childhood and Family Education Unit.