Understanding beneficiaries’ experiences of quality in early learning centres

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dc.contributor.advisor Ebersohn, L. (Liesel) en
dc.contributor.postgraduate Van Heerden, Judith Cornelia (Judy) en
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-07T13:21:06Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-02 en
dc.date.available 2013-09-07T13:21:06Z
dc.date.created 2012-09-05 en
dc.date.issued 2012-10-02 en
dc.date.submitted 2012-10-01 en
dc.description Thesis (PhD)--University of Pretoria, 2012. en
dc.description.abstract Additional information available on a CD stored at the Merensky Library.The purpose of this study was to explore the concept of quality in early learning centres which could serve as the groundwork for the development of an early learning quality assurance framework in South Africa. The data used reflects different beneficiaries‘ experiences of quality in early learning centres. The unique contexts of, and situations at early learning centres were considered. A theoretical framework, based on Woodhead‘s model on quality development, informed the study. The framework consists of input (structural), process and outcome quality indicators. In this explanatory instrumental case study framed within social constructionism, the researcher partnered with 235 teachers, 235 mothers and 235 teacher students from a middle income group, to generate mixed method data using surveys, as well as interviews and reflective journals in a statistical and thematical analysis. Beneficiaries‘ conceptualisations of quality mirrored accepted norms of quality in early learning centres. Beneficiaries indicated the following as indicative of quality: children‘s social-emotional well-being and holistic development, a normative foundation for values and respect, effective infrastructure and accountable learning. Aspects regarded as quality indicators by beneficiaries were available at early learning centres. In this regard early learning centres provided more indoor than outdoor facilities. The latter were mostly static outdoor structures which could negatively impact on sensory- and motor development. The promovenda developed a draft quality assurance framework based on the following criteria: school climate, infrastructure, curriculum, communication, teacher competence, learning environment, and support services. The findings show that aspects perceived by beneficiaries as quality indicators in an early learning centre are predominantly process indicators and hard to ‗measure‘ in a quantitative way. A quality school climate enables emotional and social well-being. In this regard, the findings suggest that for the beneficiaries quality concerns were not about that which early learning centres have provided in terms of facilities (input indicators), but rather about centres that promote children‘s holistic well-being. en
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dc.description.department Educational Psychology en
dc.identifier.citation Van Heerden, JC 2011, Understanding beneficiaries’ experiences of quality in early learning centres, PhD thesis, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://hdl.handle.net/2263/28338 > en
dc.identifier.other D12/9/158/ag en
dc.identifier.upetdurl http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-10012012-175304/ en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/28338
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher University of Pretoria en_ZA
dc.rights © 2011 University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria. en
dc.subject Quality rating system en
dc.subject Quality assurance en
dc.subject Parents en
dc.subject Teachers en
dc.subject Quality assurance frameworks en
dc.subject Early childhood education en
dc.subject Early learning centres en
dc.subject Environmental rating scale en
dc.subject Quality in early learning centres en
dc.subject Beneficiaries' experiences of quality in early lea en
dc.subject Beneficiaries en
dc.subject Accreditation en
dc.subject UCTD en_US
dc.title Understanding beneficiaries’ experiences of quality in early learning centres en
dc.type Thesis en


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