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Based on the policy premise that good quality preschool education is an important contribution to children's emotional, social, and intellectual progress, this book reports the findings of the Scottish Officer Educational Research Unit's research program, which looked at various aspects of preschool education in Scotland. The areas investigated include: previous research findings; staff development issues for those involved in delivering preschool education; the costs of delivering services; partnerships between local authorities and other service providers; parents'/carers' perceptions of preschool education; the preschool voucher initiative; and record keeping for preschool children. Following an introduction, "Pre-School Education: The Scottish Research Programme" (Valerie Wilson and Jane Ogden-Smith), part one of the book focuses on the issue of quality. This part contains the following chapters: (1) "Pre-school Education and Childcare in Scotland--Setting the Scene" (Ann Mooney and A.G. Munton); (2) "Tracking Children's Progress: Record Keeping in the Pre-school Years" (J. Eric Wilkinson, Joyce Watt, Angela Napuk, and Barbara Normand); (3) "Meeting Children's Education Needs: The Role of Staff and Staff Development" (Christine Stephen, Sally Brown, Peter Cope, and Steve Waterhouse); and (4) "What Do Parents Really Want from Pre-School Education?" (Christine Howe, Hugh Foot, Bill Cheyne, Melody Terras, and Catherine Rattray). Part two focuses on extending provisions and contains the following chapters: (5) "Vouchers, Parents and Providers" (Christine Stephen, Leslie Low, Sally Brown, David Bell, Peter Cope, Brian Morris, and Steve Waterhouse); (6) "Cost of Pre-School Education Provision" (Paula Gilder, Paul Jardine, and Sinead Guerin); and (7) "Changing Supply and Demand" (Edith McDowall). Part three examines ways to move forward in the provision of preschool and contains the following chapters: (8) "Review of Partnership in Pre-School Education" (Ivan Broussine); and (9) "Pre-School Education and Childcare" (Roma Menlowe and Jane Morgan). (Most articles contain references.) (SD)

Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Policy, Educational Quality, Educational Research, Educational Researchers, Effective Schools Research, Foreign Countries, Instructional Student Costs, Parent Attitudes, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Research and Development, Research Reports, Staff Development

Seed Research Unit, Scottish Executive Education Department, Room 2B96, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 6QQ (4 Pounds Sterling). Web site: education.asp.

Autor: Wilson, Valerie, Ed.; Ogden-Smith, Jane, Ed.


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