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Blended Perspectives: A Global Vision for High-Quality Early Childhood Education


What are the attributes of a high-quality early childhood education program worldwide? An group of experienced early childhood educators that represent diverse international backgrounds attempts to respond to this question by examining six dimensions of quality set forth by the Association for Childhood Education International: (1) philosophies and goals, (2) high-quality physical environments, (3) developmentally appropriate and effective pedagogy and curriculum, (4) attention to basic and special needs, (5) respect for families and communities, (6) professionally prepared teachers and staff, and (7) rigorous program evaluation. The article concludes with an annotated list of references, both in professional publications and online, that examine early childhood education from an international perspective.

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Jalongo, M.R., Fennimore, B.S., Pattnaik, J. et al. Blended Perspectives: A Global Vision for High-Quality Early Childhood Education. Early Childhood Education Journal 32, 143–155 (2004).

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  • international early childhood education
  • program quality
  • international standards