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ERIC Number: EJ833988
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 13
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
New Developments
Karlsson-Lohmander, Maelis
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v13 n2 p147-159 2005
A growing number of countries have recognised the importance of high quality early childhood provision for the development of the young child and the impact on economic growth and prosperity. What shapes Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in an expanding Europe of today? Many factors clearly influence policy decisions and program infrastructure. Among them staff qualifications emerge as a key factor in putting political ambitions into high quality practice. Findings prove that children perform better in ECEC settings with well-educated and qualified staff, in regard to both educational achievement and social behaviour (Sylva, K. et al 2003). However, as Oberhuemer claims (2005), while widely accepted, policies regarding professionalisation and the meaning of the professional role appear varied, both within and between countries. This article presents submissions by Ireland, Spain and Sweden which reveal both idiosyncratic and mutual challenges regarding staff qualifications. In addition, the three countries identify a number of policy initiatives and concerns that characterise a strong momentum to define national ECEC provision, formulate policy initiatives and build a cohesive national infrastructure. (Contains 1 figure and 6 footnotes.)
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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: Ireland; Spain; Sweden