ERIC Number: EJ1159000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Improving Quality of the Child Care Environment through a Consultancy Programme for Centre Directors
Helmerhorst, Katrien O. W.; Fukkink, Ruben G.; Riksen-Walraven, J. Marianne A.; Gevers Deynoot-Schaub, Mirjam J. J. M.; Tavecchio, Louis W. C.
International Journal of Early Years Education, v25 n4 p361-378 2017
This study examined the effects of a newly developed on-site consultancy programme to improve global quality of the child care environment in non-parental child care centres for 0- to 4-year-old children as measured with the ITERS-R/ECERS-R. Using a randomised controlled trial with a pretest, posttest, and follow-up test, we compared 35 experimental group with 33 control group. The consultancy programme comprised three consultations in total. Analysis on the items that were specifically targeted during the consultancy showed a significant improvement on these targeted items between pretest and posttest and between posttest and follow-up. The effect of the consultancy programme on the total scores (including the non-targeted items) was not significant.
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Care Centers, Consultation Programs, Educational Quality, Randomized Controlled Trials, Pretests Posttests, Followup Studies, Control Groups, Experimental Groups, Consultants, Likert Scales, Intervention, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Leadership Training, Educational Environment, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Multivariate Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands (Amsterdam)