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ERIC Number: EJ911218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Sound Bites Won't Prepare the Next Generation: Early Childhood Teacher Education Policy Public-Private Divide in Massachusetts
Abbate-Vaughn, Jorgelina; Paugh, Patricia C.; Douglass, Anne
Educational Policy, v25 n1 p215-239 Jan 2011
The political emphasis on early education speaks of growing expectations for equal access and the need to ensure quality--by way of standard accountability measures--on behalf of all young children. A central element in the improvement of early education focuses on teacher quality. In this article we examine and discuss the challenges related to finding and retaining highly qualified early childhood teachers, how this may impact preschool program quality, school readiness, and the ensuing academic achievement gaps among students of diverse backgrounds. Through a case study involving one state, we examine its agencies overseeing early education and care, teacher credentialing, and early childhood teacher education programs. Insights provided are useful for those concerned with children's equitable access to highly qualified teachers in states with policy inconsistencies that appear to unintentionally but factually perpetuate the income-achievement gap. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access