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Article: Preschool quality and the development of children from economically disadvantaged families in India

TitlePreschool quality and the development of children from economically disadvantaged families in India
Authors
KeywordsEducation psychology
Issue Date2010
PublisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.leaonline.com/loi/eed
Citation
Early Education And Development, 2010, v. 21 n. 2, p. 167-185 How to Cite?
AbstractResearch Findings: The influence of preschool quality on the development of 67 4-year-old children from poor and rural families in South India was examined. Children's developmental status was assessed using a modified version of the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities and through physician ratings. Preschool quality was assessed through repeated systematic observations and using the Tamil Nadu Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale. Results indicated that higher preschool quality was associated with better overall development. Three variables (i.e., age, preschool quality, and sex significantly contributed to the prediction of developmental functioning. Age accounted for 35% of the variance, whereas preschool quality and sex contributed another 31% and 5% of the variance, respectively. Practice and Policy: Findings from this small-scale study suggest that programs that would be deemed to be of poor quality by Western standards appear to have benefits for the development of children from disadvantaged families in India. However, consistent with findings from studies conducted in other parts of the world, children in these contexts who attend higher quality preschools have better developmental outcomes than comparable children who attend similar but lower quality programs. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/125514
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.183
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 0.748
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dc.description.abstractResearch Findings: The influence of preschool quality on the development of 67 4-year-old children from poor and rural families in South India was examined. Children's developmental status was assessed using a modified version of the McCarthy Scales of Children's Abilities and through physician ratings. Preschool quality was assessed through repeated systematic observations and using the Tamil Nadu Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale. Results indicated that higher preschool quality was associated with better overall development. Three variables (i.e., age, preschool quality, and sex significantly contributed to the prediction of developmental functioning. Age accounted for 35% of the variance, whereas preschool quality and sex contributed another 31% and 5% of the variance, respectively. Practice and Policy: Findings from this small-scale study suggest that programs that would be deemed to be of poor quality by Western standards appear to have benefits for the development of children from disadvantaged families in India. However, consistent with findings from studies conducted in other parts of the world, children in these contexts who attend higher quality preschools have better developmental outcomes than comparable children who attend similar but lower quality programs. © 2010 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.en_HK
dc.languageengen_HK
dc.publisherLawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.leaonline.com/loi/eeden_HK
dc.relation.ispartofEarly Education and Developmenten_HK
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.rightsEarly Education and Development. Copyright © Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.-
dc.rightsthe article is accepted for publication in [the journal]. Readers must contact LEA for permission to reprint or use the material in any form.-
dc.subjectEducation psychology-
dc.titlePreschool quality and the development of children from economically disadvantaged families in Indiaen_HK
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