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ERIC Number: EJ866215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Evaluation of the Quality of Early Childhood Classrooms in Turkey
Gol-Guven, Mine
Early Child Development and Care, v179 n4 p437-451 May 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine the quality of two types of Turkish early childhood education programs: private and public preschools. Three public and three private preschools in a district of Istanbul were randomly selected. The quality of preschools was assessed using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale developed by Harms et al. The preschools were visited by the researcher and were observed for a nine-hour school day. Observations indicate that activities such as daily routines, parent-teacher interactions, personal and professional needs are more appropriately handled by private preschool teachers than public preschool teachers. Shortcomings exist in both types of preschools in their physical class arrangements, authoritarian teacher child interactions, poor teacher-student ratio, and emphasis on structured and paper-pencil activities. Results suggest the need for Turkish preschool programs to be more child and family centered. (Contains 2 figures, 1 table and 1 note.)
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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: Turkey; Turkey (Istanbul)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale