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Moving forward with early childhood care and education (ECCE) post-2015 in the Asia Pacific region: an analysis of global and national policy goals

Pearson, Emma (2015) Moving forward with early childhood care and education (ECCE) post-2015 in the Asia Pacific region: an analysis of global and national policy goals. International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy, 9 (13). pp. 1-19. ISSN 2288-6729

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s40723-015-0016-9

Abstract

This paper presents a thematic analysis of documents produced during a recent ‘Regional Policy Forum on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)’, attended by over 200 participants including representatives from key international donor organisations and high-level officials from over 30 countries across the Asia Pacific region. The paper begins by providing a brief overview of international developments in ECCE over the past two decades, highlighting a growing argument that points to the need for a shift in policy and programming agendas away from target setting at international levels, towards the promotion and support of localized, contextually grounded approaches to supporting policies and programmes in ECCE. In an attempt to find ways of establishing empirical support for this argument, the paper explores the extent to which key messages delivered by international donor organizations and representatives at the Policy Forum can be seen to reflect the current activities and concerns of countries within the region (as expressed through individual country reports presented during the forum). Based on results of this analysis, the paper concludes with recommendations for balancing the ‘local’ and ‘international’ influence on policy making and agenda setting as countries in the Asia Pacific region move forward with provision of formalized ECCE post-2015.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published by SpringerOpen. All rights reserved. Reproduced in its final published form by permission of the author.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Early childhood, Policy, Thematic analysis, Asia Pacific, Millennium Development Goals, Post-2015
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: School of Social Science
Depositing User: Dr Emma Pearson
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2017 16:46
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2017 16:46
URI: http://researchonline.bishopg.ac.uk/id/eprint/83

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