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Quality of Early Childhood Education at a Glance: Problems Related to Families, Teachers, and Working Conditions

Journal article
Authors Rahime Cobanoglu
Ali Yildirim
Yesim Capa-Aydin
Published in Journal of Qualitative Research in Education
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 407-430
ISSN 2148-2624
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional Studies
Pages 407-430
Language tr
Keywords Early childhood education, educational quality, structural quality, process quality
Subject categories Pedagogical Work


The present study attempts to reveal the problems related to the quality of early childhood education (ECE) regarding structural features and educational process based on qualitative data. The study was conducted in public pre-primary schools in Ankara. Seven female early childhood teachers selected through maximum variation sampling method were interviewed in this phenomenological research. These teachers’ classrooms were also observed during one school day to support interview findings. Content analysis was applied in data analysis. Results overall show that there are various problems related to the quality of ECE considering structural features and educational process. In the domain of structural quality, problems are mainly related to families, teachers, and working conditions. In domain of educational process quality, problems mainly pertain to planning, learning / teaching process, and classroom management. For quality improvement in ECE, it is necessary to enhance working conditions, raise the consciousness of families about ECE, and develop teacher qualifications.

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