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Educational effectiveness approaches in early childhood research across Europe

Abstract: Despite the last 10–15 years seeing a surge in the volume of early childhood research that has been funded, conducted, and reported on, much of this has been generated by American researchers and based on samples drawn from the USA (e.g., National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Early Child Care Research Network [NICHD ECCRN], 1998, 2004, 2005). Moreover, the usefulness of such research for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and parents outside of the USA is limited because the form, structure, and funding arrangements of early childhood education and care are all well known to vary enormously from country to country (Burger, 2010). There has also been little attempt to adopt an educational effectiveness perspective within this early childhood research – particularly when it comes to studies involving preschools. This stands in contrast to the tradition of research on schools and teachers such as that of “school effectiveness” and “teacher effectiveness” that are now increasingly captured under the broader heading of “educational effectiveness research”. The focus of EER includes an interest in the identification of institutional influences (e.g., school, departmental or classroom/teacher effects on student outcomes). It also encompasses the study of processes at different levels. Thus, EER incorporates longitudinal and multilevel research designs within the testing of educational effectiveness models for the purpose of advancing our understanding of education and its effects.

Peer Review status:Peer reviewedPublication status:PublishedVersion:Accepted manuscriptNotes:© 2013 Taylor and Francis. This is the accepted manuscript version of the article. The final version is available online from Taylor and Francis at: [10.1080/09243453.2012.749790]

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Journal: School Effectiveness and School Improvementsee more from them

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Issue Date: 2012-12-20


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Source identifier: 371640

Eissn: 1744-5124


Issn: 0924-3453 Item Description

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Version: Accepted manuscript Tiny URL: pubs:371640


Author: Sammons, P - institutionUniversity of Oxford Oxford, SSD, Education - - - Anders, Y - - - Hall, J - institutionUniversity of Oxfo



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