Child observation and accountability in early childhood education: perspectives from Australia and the United States

J. Amos Hatch, Susan Grieshaber

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The changing ways child observation is being used by preschool teachers in the United States and Australia are described in relation to the accountability movement pressuring young children and their teachers in both countries. The costs of the accountability movement in early childhood education are explored, and a call for genuine accountability based on assessment strategies such as traditional child observation is made.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)227-231
Number of pages5
JournalEarly Childhood Education Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Accountability
  • Child observation
  • Crossnational research
  • Standards

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