Monday, August 3, 2015

OU-C faculty member Barbara Trube presents paper, leads discussion at international conference in England

Barbara Trube, professor of education at Ohio University-Chillicothe, presented a paper entitled “Global Initiatives for Early Childhood Education: The Global Guidelines and Global Guidelines Assessment” and acted as lead discussant for “The Relevance of Inclusion in Community” at the Harris Manchester College from July 19 to 22 in Oxford, England. Based on a peer-review process, 20 delegates from nine different countries were invited to present papers at the annual Early Childhood and Issues Conference. Each delegate has been asked to submit his or her paper for publication in a journal or book of selected chapters from Oxford Roundtables.

Trube has worked with the Global Guidelines (GG) and Global Guidelines Assessment (GGA) for more than 15 years and is currently the Global Training and Technical Assistance Special Interest Forum co-coordinator for the Association for Childhood International.

The GG and GGA provide resources for the global community, which enhance early childhood programs throughout the world. The Global Guidelines for Early Childhood Education and Care in the 21st Century was developed as a collaborative project among members of the World Organization for Early Childhood (OMEP) and the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) in 1999 and were updated and enhanced in 2015.

The GG represent a consensus from more than 80 early care and education international experts from more than 27 countries. The GG address fundamental elements contributors believe are necessary to create high quality environments for early care and education in the following areas: environment and physical space; curriculum and content pedagogy; early childhood educators and caregivers; partnerships with families and communities; young children with special needs; and accountability, supervision and management.

The GGA was developed and published in 2000 as a resource for early care and education programs in their efforts to implement the Global Guidelines. The self-assessment consists of five program content areas: Environment and Physical Space, Curriculum Content and Pedagogy, Early Childhood Educators and Caregivers, Partnerships with Families and Communities, and Young Children with Special Needs. Accountability, Supervision, and Management is currently being developed. The GGA is available in Arabic, English, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Mandarin, Nepali, Russian, Slovak, Spanish and Turkish.

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