ERIC Number: EJ1103372
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Education versus Family: Institutional Logics in the Early Care and Education Field
Colaner, Anna C.
American Educational Research Journal, v53 n3 p673-707 Jun 2016
Non-parental arrangements for young children serve a dual function as supports for parental activities and educational inputs for children. However, arrangements that are suited to meet families' specific needs and preferences are sometimes in tension with experts' definitions of "quality." Researchers and policymakers increasingly emphasize that educational goals cannot be met until this tension is reconciled. I offer new institutionalism as a conceptual framework for these emerging conversations and propose two ideal-typical institutional logics: the logic of the family and the logic of education. This perspective emphasizes that different expectations and goals are related to individuals' differing social and institutional locations. Secondary analyses of the National Institute of Child Health and Development Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD) data offer preliminary empirical evidence.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Early Childhood Education, Family Needs, Preferences, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Institutional Characteristics, Longitudinal Studies, Child Development, Questionnaires, Caregiver Attitudes, Family Characteristics, Predictor Variables, Beliefs, Sense of Community, Educational Attainment, Caregiver Training, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) (NIH)
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