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ERIC Number: EJ765672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1172
The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised as a Tool to Improve Child Care Centers
Warash, Bobbie G.; Markstrom, Carol A.; Lucci, Brittani
Education, v126 n2 p240-250 Win 2005
Of interest in this study were the factors that lead to quality child care centers. The Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) was examined for its utility as an effective training device to enlighten directors and classroom teachers of what constitutes quality classrooms. An experimental design was employed for this study. Eight classrooms from four preschool centers were evaluated utilizing the ECERS-R. The findings were shared with directors, who, in turn, shared them with their staff. Posttest evaluations of each classroom were conducted again using the ECERS-R. Pre-and posttest scores were compared according to paired sample t-tests for the seven subscales and the total score. Improvements occurred in all seven subscales, with significance in personal care routines, activities, and interaction subscales, as well as the total score. Marginally significant findings were noted for program structure and parents and staff subscales. Space and furnishings and language-reasoning subscales were not significant. Overall, it was shown that the ECERS-R can be used as a tool to improve the quality of child care centers. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale