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Early childhood and primary education : transitions in the lives of young children


Document type: book
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Abstract: Early Childhood in Focus is a series of publications produced by the Child and Youth Studies Group at the Open University, United Kingdom, with the support of the Bernard van Leer Foundation. While considerable progress has been made in achieving education for all, it continues to be the most disadvantaged who are at the highest risk of educational exclusion, underachievement and early drop-out (UNESCO, 2006). In resource-poor developing countries that make up two thirds of the world (referred to as the Majority World), the very children who might most benefit from quality education are, as a general rule, least likely to have access to good programmes at either pre-primary or primary levels. These children are also least likely to progress through to school completion, thus perpetuation intergenerational cycles of poverty and inequality (Arnold et al, 2006). The challenge for policy is, in short, as much about ‘schools’ readiness for children as about ‘childrens readiness for school’ (Myers and Landers, 1989). From a child-focused perspective, this challenge translates into ensuring ‘successful transitions’. The rapid growth of early childhood education and care services (ECED*) means that in many societies these ‘transition’ issues are becoming more complex, especially where early childhood and primary school policies and services are uncoordinated. Then children may have to adjust to very different environments, expectations and cultures.
Series Title: Early Childhood in Focus
Country: Norway
Category: Practice
Editor: Woodhead, M. , Moss, P.
ISBN: 978-0-7492-1274-2
Serial number: 2
Keywords: education , children
Language: eng
Organization: Bernard van Leer Foundation
PAGE: ix, 69
Place: Milton Keynes
Publisher: The Open University
Year: 2007
Region: Europe
Right: © 2007 The Open University
Subject: Education, Science and Technology
Title: Early childhood and primary education : transitions in the lives of young children