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Towards quality child care and education programs: a pilot study on implementing ITER-S in assessing nursery environment in Malaysia

Adnan, Nur Amirah and Badzis, Mastura (2011) Towards quality child care and education programs: a pilot study on implementing ITER-S in assessing nursery environment in Malaysia. In: The International Conference on Early Childhood and Special Education (ICECSE) 2011, 10-12 June 2011, Dewan Budaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia. Penang.

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Abstract

Demands on Quality Education in Early Child Care and Education (ECCE) are rising. Thus, methods of assessing these demands are changing too. Currently, there are various tools that measure quality in ECCE. For example; there is the Observational Record of the Caregiving Environment (ORCE) (NICHD Early Childcare Research Network, 1996), ACEI Global Guidelines Assessment (GCA), the Infant-Toddlers Child Care Home (IT-CC-Home) (Bradley, Caldwell &Corwyn, 2003) and The Assessment Profile for Early Childhood Programs: Research Version (Abbott-Shim & Sibley, 1992). Despite that, ITER-S (Infant Toddlers Environment Rating Scale) developed by Harms, Clifford &Cryer, 2006 that adapted from Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) in 1980 is the widely used as an instrument to assess childcare particularly for infants and toddlers from birth to 30 month of age. The purpose of this study is to justify why the researchers chose the ITER-S rating scale to assess nursery environment. Type study will also look at past evaluation conducted using the ITER-S rating scale, to determine the suitability of this rating scale in Malaysia. The study will also look at whether its practicability incoherence with Malaysian socio-cultural context. The pilot study was conducted in two selected nurseries in Malaysia to test ‘fit’ of ITER-S in the process of adopt and adapt in the Malaysian perspective.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Full Paper)
Additional Information: 2152/31618 (ISBN : 978967399043)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Quality Education, Early Child Care and Education (ECCE, Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes: Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Mastura Badzis
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2013 11:29
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2013 11:32
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/31618

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