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Professional Development and Its Impact on Children in Early Childhood Education and Care: A Meta-Analysis Based on European Studies

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This study reviews the European evidence on the impact of professional development (PD) of pre-school educators on child outcomes. A meta-analysis investigates how PD of pre-school educators in formal pre-school centers in Europe affects child outcomes. The European studies are quite recent and limited in numbers, and our results show a significant positive effect of PD on child outcomes with an overall effect size of 0.35 (with a 95% confidence interval from 0.20 to 0.51). The magnitude is slightly smaller than corresponding results based on US studies, but indicates a general positive effect of PD on child outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalScandinavian Journal of Educational Research
Volume63
Issue6
Pages (from-to)935-950
Number of pages16
ISSN0031-3831
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019

    Research areas

  • Europe, Professional development, meta-analysis, pre-schooling

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