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ERIC Number: ED534651
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 114
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 73
ISBN: ISBN-978-92-95089-00-6
Early Childhood Education in Europe. Achievements: Challenges and Possibilities
Urban, Mathias
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This document is the report of a study commissioned by Education International. The aim of this study is to present key characteristics of ECE systems, to highlight strengths and successful approaches and to identify major challenges and areas where urgent action is needed. To achieve this aim, the report comprises two main sections. The first section, Chapter 2 -- "Setting the scene" - provides insights into the richness of the diverse "landscape" of ECE across Europe and particularly the 27 member States of the EU, one candidate State, Croatia, and Norway and Russia. This section draws extensively on previously published reports, eg. Starting Strong I+II (OECD, 2001, 2006), the EFA report on early childhood education (UNESCO, 2007), the European information network on education, Eurydice ( and on the proceedings of two European conferences on the realisation of the Barcelona targets. The second section, Chapter 3 -- "Changing practice in early childhood education": seven European cases - presents seven case studies of projects and programmes that have developed responses to the needs of early childhood practice in their various contexts. All of them are examples of how to make a difference in children's and practitioners' lives in their everyday practice. "Key issues, challenges and possibilities" for joint action are drawn from both sections and proposed for discussion in Chapter 4. (Contains 1 footnote.) [Parts of chapter 2 of this report were prepared by Maria O'Dwyer.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education International (IE) (Belgium)
Identifiers - Location: European Union