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Quality Matters in Early Childhood Education and Care: Korea 2012

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Early childhood education and care (ECEC) can bring a wide range of benefits – for children, parents and society at large. However, these benefits are conditional on “quality”. Expanding access to services without attention to quality will not deliver good outcomes for children or long-term productivity benefits for society.

This series of country reports focuses on quality issues. Each report tackles a specific theme that was selected by the country reviewed. These reports suggest strengths and point to areas for further reflection on current policy initiatives.

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What are potential areas for reflection?

Potential areas for reflection can contribute to broadening country perspectives through comparison with other countries and highlight emerging issues in a changing society. Based on other country practices and international data, potential areas for reflection for Korea include: 1) reviewing the curriculum approach; 2) improving alignment with primary schooling; 3) revisiting or rethinking the curriculum content by applying the latest research findings in policy design; 4) improving children’s life satisfaction through curriculum; 5) reflecting parental expectations in curriculum; 6) addressing emerging subjects, such as children’s health and revisiting the use of ICT in ECEC; and 7) improving leadership skills of staff and management.

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