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ERIC Number: ED534649
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
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ISSN: N/A
Quality, Autonomy and the Profession
Urban, Mathias
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Questions of "quality" of pre- and out of school-provisions for children and their families have been raised increasingly in all modern societies since the early nineties. The appropriateness of pedagogical frameworks and approaches have not been the only issues in the debate. Other strands, for instance, have been focussing on adequate investments or the quality of management and leadership in the system. Constantly, from any of these (and other) possible perspectives on "quality", high expectations and demands for the profession have been expressed. In Germany, the "National Quality Initiative" (1999-2003) has undertaken a first attempt to develop quality criteria and evaluation procedures for pre- and out of school settings from a strictly professional perspective for the whole system in a federal country. Meanwhile--following PISA--general questions of "quality" are more and more linked to the introduction of formal pre-school curricula. Considering international experiences, I will argue that we should be cautious and critical whether the increase of formal regulation can lead to the desirable outcome: the development of an autonomous profession for the early years sector. [A version of this paper was presented as the Keynote Address to the CECDE International Conference on "Questions of Quality," Dublin, Ireland, Sep 2004.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Germany; Ireland
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale; Program for International Student Assessment