Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Faculty member Barbara Trube presents at early childhood summit in Costa Rica


By public relations student writer Madison Corbin

OU-C faculty member Barbara Trube, professor of education at Ohio University, recently delivered a presentation at the Association for Childhood Education International's (ACEI) 2016 Summit on Early Childhood in Costa Rica. Her presentation, entitled “Ensuring the Quality of All Early Childhood Education and Care Programs: Global Guidelines Updates” applied expansive studies of education in the global setting to universal betterment.

Tata Mbugua, professor of early childhood education at Scranton University and a graduate of Ohio University, joined the speaker. Trube and Mbugua have been co-chairs of the Training and Technical Assistance Special Interest Forum since 2012 and have worked on the Global Guidelines Task Force together for more than 12 years. 

Currently, the two educators facilitate the updates of the original global guidelines by holding focus and writing groups with early childhood professionals from 43 countries. The goal is to capture an international voice about essential indicators of quality in six areas: environment and physical space of settings for children; curriculum content and pedagogy; early childhood educators and caregivers; partnership with families and communities; services for young children with special needs; and accountability, supervision, and management of programs for children.

The Global Guidelines Assessment, which is a self-evaluation tool that applies the Global Guidelines, has been translated into nine languages and is used in every continent. Following extensive reliability and validity studies, the Global Guidelines and Global Guidelines Assessments are an important contribution to initiatives on behalf of young children worldwide.