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ERIC Number: EJ980066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Evaluating the Quality of the Child Care in Finland
Hujala, Eeva; Fonsen, Elina; Elo, Janniina
Early Child Development and Care, v182 n3-4 p299-314 2012
In this study we examine parents' and teachers' perceptions of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) quality in Finland. The study is based on the paradigm of inclusionary quality and the assessment is based on the quality evaluation model. The parents and teachers assess the quality to be good. The strength of the quality was the effect factor assessed by the parents, and the intermediate factor assessed by the teachers. The curriculum content and pedagogy of learning were assessed with lower ratings by both groups. The assessments of the factors differed significantly between the respondent groups, except for the intermediate factor. The high standard deviation in quality variables indicates that there is variation in quality among ECEC organisations. The results show that there is a demand for creating a national quality evaluation system to guarantee equal child-care services everywhere in Finland. (Contains 2 figures and 4 tables.)
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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: Finland