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ERIC Number: EJ982347
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Early Years Education and the Value for Money Folklore
Campbell-Barr, Verity
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v20 n3 p423-437 2012
This article is intended as a contribution to the debate on the role of human capital in determining value for money in early years education. The article explores how the idea that early years education offers value for money has become folklore amongst policymakers and more widely. However, drawing on both interview data and existing literature it is demonstrated that the folklore is flawed. The misapplication of human capital theory in assessments of value for money has resulted in outcome assessments of children being overly focused on cognitive development. In addition, the article stresses that an assessment of value for money is ultimately about value for governments. As a result there is a complete failure to acknowledge the poor economic position of those providing early years education services. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)