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Botsoglou, Kafenia; Beazidou, Eleftheria; Kougioumtzidou, Eleni; Vlachou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Given that there is a lack of children's active involvement in the school design process, the aim of the present multimethod study was to gather data in relation to children's active involvement towards the improvement of their own school's physical environment. Over a period of three months, twenty-nine children aged 4-5 years participated in…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Rating Scales, Educational Quality, Educational Environment
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Grammatikopoulos, Vasilis; Gregoriadis, Athanasios; Tsigilis, Nikolaos; Zachopoulou, Evridiki – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
The aim of the current study was to evaluate the relation of early childhood education global quality with children outcomes in the Greek early childhood education settings. Quality was assessed by the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R), whereas the Utrecht Early Math Competence Scale and Concepts About Print Scale were…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Foreign Countries
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Eckhardt, Andrea G.; Egert, Franziska – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
International findings indicate only moderate childcare quality and results revealed significant differences between regions. So far, this difference cannot be explained by structural characteristics. Based on the National Study on Education, Learning and Upbringing in Early Childhood (NUBBEK) sample of 215 lead teachers, the influence of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Child Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality
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Garvis, Susanne; Sheridan, Sonja; Williams, Pia; Mellgren, Elisabeth – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
Quality in early childhood education is an important topic in many countries. Research suggests that high-quality preschool provides many long-term benefits for young children and society. How to measure early childhood quality however can be problematic. One approach has been the use of the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS), an…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Preschool Education, Foreign Countries, Educational Quality
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Olsen, Heather; Smith, Brandy – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
The purpose of the study was to examine outdoor environments to understand whether or not young children had access to play materials and loose parts to enhance their playful experiences. This study sought to gather the availability of SAFE and quality play opportunities in early childhood outdoor environments. The study took place in one state of…
Descriptors: Playgrounds, Play, Toys, Young Children
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Hartman, Suzanne C.; Warash, Barbara G.; Curtis, Reagan; Day Hirst, Jessica – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Preschool classrooms with varying levels of structural quality requirements across the state of West Virginia were investigated for differences in measured structural and process quality. Quality was measured using group size, child-to-teacher/staff ratio, teacher education, and the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R;…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Rural Schools, Preschool Education, Class Size
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Kammermeyer, Gisela; Stuck, Andrea; Roux, Susanna – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
Students' school success in literacy and numeracy is often hampered by limited prerequisites in these domains, yet the effectiveness of different approaches to support students is unclear. Using professional training programmes for kindergarten teachers, we tested the effects of three kindergarten approaches in a quasi-experimental pre- and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Literacy, Numeracy, Reading Skills
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Gregoriadis, A.; Tsigilis, N.; Grammatikopoulos, V.; Kouli, O. – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The purpose of this study was to examine whether kindergartens and childcare centres differ in terms of educational and caregiving components. More specifically, two aspects of the process quality of the early childhood education and care were examined regarding the "Activities" and the "Programme Structure." A multi-stage…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Child Care Centers, Kindergarten
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Mohamed, Ahmed Hassan Hemdan; Marzouk, Samah Abd Al Fatah Mohamed – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
This study examined the association between early childhood classroom quality and preschool children's social skills and emotional problems. Teachers completed the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale-Revised (ECERS-R) and the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment-Clinical Form (DECA-C). Participants included 141 preschool children from 10…
Descriptors: Correlation, Aggression, Self Control, Attachment Behavior
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Hartman, Suzanne; Manfra, Louis – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
This study explored the relation between childcare quality (staff-child ratio and staff-child interactions) and behavioural development between the beginning and the end of the childcare year among a sample of 44 low-income Latino four-year-olds in 14 childcare programmes. Neither staff-child ratio nor staff-child interactions were related to…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Ratio, Hispanic Americans, Young Children, Interpersonal Relationship
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
The physical environment of the preschool programmes has been proven to affect both children's overall development and the quality of the programme. However, both nationally and internationally the contribution of the physical environment in the effectiveness of a programme and in the achievement of educational goals is often overlooked. The aim…
Descriptors: Physical Environment, Preschool Education, Child Development, Educational Quality
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Hadeed, Julie – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
The aim of this study was to test reliabilities and validations for the Arabic translation of the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale, Revised (ECERS-R) scale [Harms, T., Clifford, R. M., & Cryer, D. (1998). "Early childhood environment rating scale, revised edition." New York: Teachers College Press]. ECERS-R mean scores were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Semitic Languages, Reliability, Validity
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Gialamas, Angela; Mittinty, Murthy N.; Sawyer, Michael G.; Zubrick, Stephen R.; Lynch, John – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
There is growing evidence that high-quality non-parental child care can contribute to children's learning, development and successful transition to school. Research examining the quality of child care and the effect on children's development is not well documented outside the USA. We used data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Longitudinal Studies, Child Care, Emotional Development
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Rentzou, Konstantina; Sakellariou, Maria – Early Child Development and Care, 2013
Based on arguments according to which the concept of quality is multifaceted, difficult to be defined and defined differently by various stakeholders, it has been suggested that the quality of care and education be evaluated from different perspectives if one aims to create a global picture of the early childhood education and care programmes. The…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Child Care, Foreign Countries
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Rentzou, Konstantina – Early Child Development and Care, 2013
Early childhood education and care is a multifaceted institution. Based on children's age, a number of different settings operate, which have usually two distinct aims. Kindergartens provide mainly education whereas day care centres provide care. Yet, in recent years, the need to establish programmes which provide both education and care to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parent Attitudes, Preferences, Child Care Centers
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