ERIC Number: ED428885
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Education in Portugal.
This booklet provides an overview of the policy and status of early childhood education in Portugal and includes the text of Law 5/97, the Framework Law for Pre-School Education, as well as the Curriculum Guidelines for Pre-School Education adopted by Portugal's government. Two of Law 5/97's nine main goals are: (1) to promote the child's personal and social development based on experiences of democratic life within a perspective of education for citizenship; and (2) to stimulate each child's overall development, with respect for his/her individual characteristics, inculcating patterns of behavior favorable to significant and diversified learning. Kindergarten in Portugal is conceived both as an educational place meeting children's needs and a support structure for working families. Kindergartens receive children from ages 3 to 5. The Curriculum Guidelines were prepared for all national kindergartens, both public and private, and are seen as an important part of the regulating role of the state. Supervision is provided to the national network of kindergartens through a body of inspectors; the Ministry of Education is responsible for the pedagogical supervision of kindergartens. The Curriculum Guidelines are based in larger questions that society poses for preschool education: citizenship and democratic participation, interculturality, ecology, nonsexist approaches to education, access to new technologies, motivation to use the instruments of reading and writing, and aesthetic and cultural participation. The Guidelines are organized into content areas: personal and social development, expression, communication, and knowledge of the world. (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ministry of Education, Lisbon (Portugal).
Identifiers - Location: Portugal