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ERIC Number: ED562728
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 29
Can We Improve Preschool Classroom Quality in Chile? A Cluster-Randomized Trial Evaluation of a Professional Development Program
Leyva, Diana; Yoshikawa, Hirokazu; Snow, Catherine E.; Treviño, Ernesto; Rolla, Andrea; Barata, M. Clara; Weiland, Christina
Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness
In recent years, governments across the world have increased their investments in early childhood education programs (Britto, Yoshikawa, & Boller, 2011; Engle et al., 2011; Myers, 2006; UNESCO, 2006). This investment in preprimary education reflects the proven value of providing early learning opportunities in promoting later educational attainment and earnings (Cunha & Heckman, 2006). While the initial focus for those interested in improving early childhood education in low and middle-income countries was access, the reform emphasis has progressively shifted to quality and equity, as overall access has improved in many nations. The intervention program "Un Buen Comienzo" (A Good Start) constitutes the first large-scale, randomized evaluation of an effort to improve the quality of preschool education in South America. "Un Buen Comienzo" (henceforth UBC) is an intensive two-year intervention that provides professional development program to prekindergarten and kindergarten teachers in Chile, with the goal of enhancing children's language, literacy, health and socio-emotional outcomes. This study provides useful data on classroom quality under usual conditions in government-funded pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classrooms in urban Chile. Tables are appended.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness (SREE)
Identifiers - Location: Chile
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Woodcock Munoz Language Survey