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Valuing Quality in Early Childhood Services

Valuing Quality in Early Childhood Services
New Approaches to Defining Quality

Edited by:
  • Peter Moss - Institute of Education, University of London, UK
  • Alan Pence - University of Victoria, Canada

October 1994 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`Not only does this book offer a great deal of insight into evaluating early childhood services, it also provides a focal point for those interested in establishing goals, objectives and evaluation criteria for their own early childhood programmes' - Early Years

`Quality' has become a priority issue for all concerned with early childhood care and education services. Starting from the premise that `quality' is a relative and dynamic concept based on values and beliefs, Valuing Quality in Early Childhood Services examines how the definitions of quality are established and who is involved in their establishment.

The book advocates that the process should involve a range of stakeholder groups, including children, parents, staff, care providers, researchers, employers and the community. A key issue that emerges is the need for new and creative approaches to the development of an inclusionary process in the definitions and attainment of quality care.

Peter Moss
Defining Quality
Values, Stakeholders and Processes

Helen Penn
Working in Conflict
Developing a Dynamic Model of Quality

Ole Langsted
Looking at Quality from the Child's Perspective
Mary Larner and Deborah Phillips
Defining and Valuing Quality as a Parent
Julia Brophy and June Statham
Measure for Measure
Values, Quality and Evaluation

Pat Petrie
Quality in School-Age Child Care Services
An Inquiry about Values

Carol Joseph, Jane Lane and Sudesh Sharma
No Equality, No Quality
Alan Pence and Marie McCallum
Developing Cross-Cultural Partnerships
Implications for Child Care Quality Research and Practice

Anne Smith and Sarah-Eve Farquhar
The New Zealand Experience of Charter Development in Early Childhood Services
Claus Jensen
Fragments for a Discussion about Quality
Gunilla Dahlberg and Gunnar Åsén
Evaluation and Regulation
A Question of Empowerment

Alan Pence and Peter Moss
Towards an Inclusionary Approach in Defining Quality

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