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ERIC Number: EJ757493
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1040-9289
Quality in Early Childhood Education: An Anthropologist's Perspective
Tobin, Joseph
Early Education and Development, v16 n4 p421-434 2005
I use examples from my ethnographic work on early childhood education and care settings in Japan and France to demonstrate that quality standards are cultural constructs and to question the universality of such core U.S. standards of quality in ECEC as low student-teacher ratios and multicultural curricula. My argument is that quality standards should reflect local values and concerns and not be imposed across cultural divides. In a heterogeneous society such as the U.S., notions of quality should arise out of conversations in local communities among early childhood educators and parents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: France; Japan; United States