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ERIC Number: EJ914435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Current Issues in Assessment in Early Childhood Care and Education in Japan
Kitano, Sachiko
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n2 p181-187 Feb 2011
This paper introduces the characteristics of early childhood care and education (ECCE) assessment and identifies current challenges and changes in the assessment of ECCE in Japan. There are differences in assessment between ECCE and elementary school education. Assessment in ECCE is used to focus on making better plans, improving the understanding of children and improving one's professional skills in Japan. However, the challenges from elementary schools, including commercialism, and various family expectations have forced changes in ECCE attitudes towards assessment. This research suggests that the goals of assessment should be to ensure that institutions are administered in a way that provides the most appropriate practice and environment for the development of children.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan