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Rethinking Early Childhood Education and Care: Implications for
International Encyclopedia of Education (2010)
  • Karen Thorpe
  • Dan Cloney
  • Collette Tayler
Research in disadvantaged populations demonstrates that the effect of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) programs can reach into adulthood and influence a wide range of achievement and social well-being outcomes. In English-speaking developed economies, these findings have sparked new perceptions of the role ECEC programs play in both the public and private sphere. Programs that achieve improved learning and social well-being for children are seen as an investment for both individuals and society. Yet, the empirical understanding of what programs best deliver positive outcomes across the diversity of social contexts is limited. A key research task is to identify the forms of ECEC that are most effective in delivering enduring and broad positive outcomes for all children. This article explores changing policy conceptualizations of ECEC, the outcome goals of ECEC, and directions for research in identifying quality in ECEC programs.
  • Early childhood education and care,
  • Effectiveness,
  • Evaluation,
  • Outcome goals,
  • Policy,
  • Quality,
  • Research
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P. Penelope, B. Eva & M. Barry
Citation Information
Karen Thorpe, Dan Cloney and Collette Tayler. "Rethinking Early Childhood Education and Care: Implications for" ThirdOxfordInternational Encyclopedia of Education (2010) p. 144 - 150
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