ERIC Number: ED414997
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Considering Child-Based Results for Young Children: Definitions, Desirability, Feasibility, and Next Steps.
Kagan, Sharon Lynn, Ed.; Rosenkoetter, Sharon, Ed.; Cohen, Nancy, Ed.
While elementary and secondary educators are pursuing a results orientation as a means of educational reform and pedagogical improvement, the early childhood field has not explored sufficiently the desirability and feasibility of, nor the process for, establishing child-based standards and results for younger children. This report presents a synthesis of issues discussed at two issues forums held in 1995 and 1996. Following an introductory chapter, chapter 2 distinguishes between types of results and purposes of results as they apply to young children. Chapter 3 examines the desirability of child-based results in early childhood education in terms of the impact on teachers' practice and children's experiences, public understanding, funding, and the relationship of early care and education to other services. Chapter 4 identifies the following five conditions necessary for child-based results to be feasible: broad participation in the identification of results; identification of appropriate results; clarity concerning which children to include; appropriate measurement of results; and linking of child-based results to efforts to improve the lives of children. Chapter 5 outlines steps to advance a results-based approach: increase public consciousness and participation; plan strategically; identify and choose results carefully; develop appropriate, cost-effective approaches to assessment and data collection; put theory into practice; explore ways to adequately fund a results approach; and communicate, implement, and evaluate such programs. Five appendices contain the meeting agendas of each of the issues forums and three papers presented at the meetings. (TJQ)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Bush Center in Child Development and Social Policy.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: Based on Issues Forums on Child-Based Outcomes (New York, NY, June 1-2, 1995 and January 24, 1996).