Testing the vision: Preschool settings as places for meeting, bonding and bridging

Thorpe, Karen, Staton, Sally, Morgan, Robert, Danby, Susan, & Tayler, Collette P. (2010) Testing the vision: Preschool settings as places for meeting, bonding and bridging. Children and Society: the international journal of childhood and children's services, Online(Online), pp. 1-13.

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The OECD (2006 Starting Strong II: Early Childhood Education and Care. OECD Publishing: Paris) envisions early childhood education and care settings as meeting places for diverse social groups; places that build social capital. This vision was assessed in a comparison of three preschools types: full-fee paying, subsidised-fee and publicly funded. The social composition within each was examined and the connectedness of the children (n = 472) who attended compared. Publicly funded preschools had more socially diverse populations. The quantity of social connectedness did not differ but children in publicly funded preschools described higher quality social relationships. Not all preschool settings are socially diverse but, where they are, the quality of relationships is highest.

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ID Code: 43020
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Preschool, Relationship Quality, Social Capital, Social Connectedness, Social Inclusion
DOI: 10.1111/j.1099-0860.2010.00336.x
ISSN: 0951-0605
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Educational Psychology (170103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: © 2010 The Author(s). Children & Society © 2010 National Children’s Bureau and Blackwell Publishing Limited
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 13:08
Last Modified: 03 Dec 2012 02:07

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