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In Search of Quality: Multiple Perspectives (2006)


Quality in early childhood education is a construct that has generated academic papers, debate, argument and counter-argument. However, different people may mean different things when they use the term quality and we have little research data on either quality in early education or on what it means to different groups of Irish people. To attempt an understanding of quality within a given context, it is important to gather a variety of data on different perspectives. This research seeks to gather such data from a variety of sessional and full day care settings across the 0 to 6 age range and to gain insight into the multiple perspectives on the meaning of quality including the views of parents, children and staff. The project also assesses the perspectives of policy makers and key personnel driving quality initiatives at local and national levels in contemporary times.


The research was commissioned by the Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education.