ERIC Number: EJ1073146
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
The Capabilities Approach: Rethinking Agency, Freedom, and Capital in Early Education
Buzzelli, Cary A.
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v16 n3 p203-213 Sep 2015
This article presents an overview of the human capital approach to human development and how it has been used for evaluating early education programs. It critiques the human capital approach by considering how its focus on measurable returns on economic investments limits an understanding of the full and complex contribution of early education to young children's development and well-being. The capabilities approach described by Amartya Sen and Martha Nussbaum provides a more thorough framework for understanding the influence of early education on young children's development and well-being. The article proposes that integrating the human capital approach within the capabilities approach addresses the critiques of the human capital approach and provides a more inclusive context for understanding and assessing the full contribution of early education to children's development and well-being. It concludes with the implications that such integration has for assessment practices in early childhood.
Descriptors: Human Capital, Early Childhood Education, Program Evaluation, Child Development, Well Being, Criticism, Cost Effectiveness, Evaluation Criteria, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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