ERIC Number: EJ884274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Importance of Doing Well in Whatever You Do: A Commentary on the Special Section, "Implementation Research in Early Childhood Education"
Durlak, Joseph A.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v25 n3 p348-357 2010
This commentary on the special section, "Implementation research in early childhood education," discusses 10 major conclusions drawn from implementation research and 7 additional issues needing clarification. Some major conclusions are that: (1) the level of implementation achieved can have a strong influence on program outcomes, (2) implementation is a multi-dimensional construct, (3) adaptation occurs frequently and may improve outcomes, and (4) many factors present across multiple ecological levels can affect the implementation process. Some of the major issues needing attention in future research involve determining what are the best ways to (1) measure the multiple aspects of implementation, (2) evaluate the relative importance of factors affecting implementation, and (3) clarify which participant characteristics may influence the relationship between implementation and different outcomes. (Contains 1 table.)
Descriptors: Participant Characteristics, Early Childhood Education, Children, Program Implementation, Evaluation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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