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Expert practitioner's views about the Chinese early childhood environment rating scale
Hu, Bi Ying1; Vong, Keang-ieng (Peggy)1; Chen, Yuewen2; Li, Kejian2
2015-03-15
Source PublicationEuropean Early Childhood Education Research Journal
ISSN1350-293X
Volume23Issue:2Pages:229-249
Abstract

This study aims to examine the views of 176 expert practitioners on the relevance and feasibility of applying the Chinese Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (CECERS), which is developed based on the Chinese version of Harms, Clifford, and Cryer's (2005) world renowned Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale-revised (ECERS-R). The CECERS measures the quality of Chinese kindergartens, in which teachers have traditionally utilised whole-group teaching as the main approach to curriculum planning and delivery as well as organisation of learning environment. What constitutes quality kindergarten practice in the Chinese contexts and tension between ‘objective’ quality and culturally-appropriate quality will be discussed. Using a five-point Likert Scale, reviewers rated and provided comments for: (1) the quality of the instrument overall; (2) the appropriateness of the major changes made in CECERS in comparison to the ECERS-R; and (3) feedback for each quality dimension. Results, organised by the predetermined survey questions, show that, overall, reviewers highly support CECERS as a much needed, valuable, quality measure. They also support all the suggested changes to make the instrument culturally relevant and contextually meaningful. Meanwhile, they offer helpful suggestions for future revisions and pose some issues and concerns about the applicability of the instrument to measure quality practice in rural areas of China which are worth debating.

KeywordChina Early Childhood Education And Care Practitioner Programme Quality Quality Rating
DOI10.1080/1350293X.2014.919779
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英語English
WOS Research AreaEducation & Educational Research
WOS SubjectEducation & Educational Research
WOS IDWOS:000353477700007
PublisherROUTLEDGE JOURNALS
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionFaculty of Education
Corresponding AuthorHu, Bi Ying
Affiliation1.Faculty of Education, University of Macau, Macau-SAR, China
2.Hangzhou College of Preschool Teacher Education, Zhejiang Normal University, Hangzhou, China
First Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
Corresponding Author AffilicationFaculty of Education
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Hu, Bi Ying,Vong, Keang-ieng ,Chen, Yuewen,et al. Expert practitioner's views about the Chinese early childhood environment rating scale[J]. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal,2015,23(2):229-249.
APA Hu, Bi Ying,Vong, Keang-ieng ,Chen, Yuewen,&Li, Kejian.(2015).Expert practitioner's views about the Chinese early childhood environment rating scale.European Early Childhood Education Research Journal,23(2),229-249.
MLA Hu, Bi Ying,et al."Expert practitioner's views about the Chinese early childhood environment rating scale".European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 23.2(2015):229-249.
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