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Title: Dearth of early education experience: A significant barrier to educational and social inclusion in the western balkans
Authors: Milovanović, Sunčica
Batarelo Kokic, Ivana
Kristiansen S.
Gera I.
Ikonomi E.
Kafedžić L.
Milic V.
Rexhaj X.
Spasovski O.
Closs A.
Issue Date: 2014
Abstract: The article summarises the socio-political, cultural, economic and educational background to the Western Balkans region and outlines the wider qualitative research study that provided the data on early and pre-school educational opportunities in the seven countries involved; Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo (under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244), the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia. The authors examine international research and literature on early education that identifies it as an important means of enabling subsequent educational and social inclusion and attainment. They proceed to discuss and illustrate from the research data five inter-linked factors showing that provision of early education in the Western Balkans is inadequate and exclusive and that children who are already at greatest socio-economic and cultural disadvantage and at potential risk in elementary and secondary education are least likely to participate in, or benefit from, it. Some recent more encouraging developments are noted but the article concludes that substantially more investment and positive actions are needed in raising awareness of the importance of early education and in developing policies and provision for it that will benefit children currently at greatest disadvantage. © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
Type: article
DOI: 10.1080/13603116.2012.756948
ISSN: 1360-3116
SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-84892952934
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Education, Jagodina

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