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Curriculum  Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC

Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC

Objective

In line with the EU strategies for 2020 and the need for a systemic and integrated approach to Early Childhood education and Care (ECEC), the project identifies eight key issues and questions for which effective policy measures and instruments should be developed. They concern assessing the impact of ECEC, optimizing quality and curricula for ECEC to increase effectiveness, raising the professional competencies of staff, monitoring and assuring quality of ECEC, increasing the inclusiveness of ECEC, in particular for socioeconomically disadvantaged children, funding of ECEC, and the need for innovative European indicators of children’s wellbeing. The project will address these issues in an integrative way by combining state-of-the-art knowledge of factors determining personal, social and economic benefits of ECEC with knowledge of the mechanisms determining access to and use of ECEC. In developing a European knowledge base for ECEC, we will add to the existing knowledge in two ways. First, we will include recent and ongoing ECEC research from several European countries. Second, we will include the perspectives of important stakeholders and integrate cultural beliefs and values. The central aim is to develop an evidence-based and culture-sensitive framework of
(a) Developmental goals, quality assessment, curriculum approaches and policy measures for improving the quality and effectiveness of ECEC; and (b) Effective strategies of organizing, funding and governing ECEC that increase the impact of ECEC. Our interdisciplinary research team will construct this framework, based on the competencies and skills that young children need to develop in current societies, identify the conditions that have to be fulfilled to promote child development and wellbeing, and identify strategies and policy measures that support access to high quality provisions, and likely to receive broad support of stakeholders, thereby enhancing the impact of ECEC.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Address

Heidelberglaan 8
3584 Cs Utrecht

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 588 717

Administrative Contact

Paul Leseman (Prof.)

Participants (12)

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HOGSKOLEN I VESTFOLD

Norway

HOGSKOLEN I BUSKERUD OG VESTFOLD

Norway

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 339 000

FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 207 600

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 236 220

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 274 320

JYVASKYLAN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 204 000

UNIVERSITA' DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO-BICOCCA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 152 550

HELLENIC OPEN UNIVERSITY

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 70 800

INSTITUTO UNIVERSITARIO DE LISBOA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 170 400

UNIVERSITETET I SOROST-NORGE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 171 600

UNIWERSYTET WARSZAWSKI

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 83 400

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 613318

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2014

  • End date

    31 December 2016

Funded under:

FP7-SSH

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 285 284

  • EU contribution

    € 2 498 607

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Netherlands