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ERIC Number: EJ821044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Quality Early Childhood Education in Costa Rica? Policy, Practice, Outcomes and Challenges
San Francisco, Andrea Rolla; Arias, Melissa; Villers, Renata
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v25 n2 p113-127 Jul 2005
High-quality early childhood education has been shown to improve school outcomes in several developing and developed nations. The history of policy around pre-school education in Costa Rica is described as background to presenting cross-sectional data on the emergent literacy skills of low-income Costa Rican children in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade from six schools (n=335). These data suggest that Costa Rican children show rather limited emergent literacy knowledge at the end of kindergarten. In addition, instruction in nine kindergarten classrooms is described and evaluated in order to provide vignettes of educational practice. The need for developmentally appropriate practice around emergent literacy skills and articulation with 1st grade is discussed and appropriate professional development is called for. (Contains 2 tables, 4 figures and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Costa Rica