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Quality in early childhood programs : views of preschool directors in rural Hawaii

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Title: Quality in early childhood programs : views of preschool directors in rural Hawaii
Authors: McAvoy, Erin Dorothy
Keywords: rural
Issue Date: Dec 2011
Publisher: [Honolulu] : [University of Hawaii at Manoa], [December 2011]
Abstract: This qualitative, grounded theory study explored the views directors in rural Hawaii have about quality in early childhood programs and what influenced those views. The study included nine participants, all of whom were directors of rural preschool programs in Hawaii. Participants held four shared values that were viewed as meaningful in early chilldhood programs. Participants also viewed a quality program as having eight key defining components. Evaluation systems and being in a rural environment were viewed to positively influence quality in early childhood programs. The analytic tool "Participant Views of Quality: A Conceptual Framework for Understanding Influences" was developed by the researcher to understand different levels of influences on participants' views of quality. The grounded theory that emerged from this study suggests that values, shared views of key components of quality and context have a major impact on directors' views of quality in early childhood programs.
Description: M.Ed. University of Hawaii at Manoa 2011.
Includes bibliographical references.
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/101505
Appears in Collections:M.Ed. - Early Childhood Education



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