Education-Based Approaches to Early Childhood Development

Chloe O’Gara

in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199922994
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980420 | DOI:
Education-Based Approaches to Early Childhood Development

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A learning crisis exists, despite almost universal school enrollment. Learning failure is concentrated in the first years of school, and reinforces patterns of social and economic inequities. Poor and minority children who would benefit most from preschool are least likely to have access to it; they are also less likely to have access to primary schools that speak their language, orient them to literacy, have good teachers, and use developmentally appropriate methods and learning materials. This chapter uses an early childhood development (ECD) lens to examine the state of preprimary and early primary (grades 1 and 2) education today, and to discuss the effects, implications, and potential for education to improve the development of children 4–8 years old.

Keywords: early childhood development; ecd; preprimary; preschool; early childhood education; equity; basic education; early grades; early learning

Chapter.  5514 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Developmental Psychology

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