The relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of the early childhood education and care environment
July 26, 2017
The very recent Campbell systematic review study adds more answers to the question: How much does the teacher qualification impact the quality of the early childhood education and care (ECEC) environment?
The authors reviewed 48 studies with 82 independent samples from 1980 to 2014 examining the relationship between teacher qualification and the quality of ECEC environment, which included children from pre-kindergarten and kindergarteners prior to primary school.
The results drawn upon information from quantitative research data from a number of countries, show that higher qualifications of teachers are significantly correlated with higher quality ECEC and they are not dependent on context or culture. The education level of teachers or caregivers is positively correlated to overall ECEC qualities measured by the environment rating scale, including in settings for infants and toddlers. In addition, there is also a positive correlation between teacher qualification and subscale ratings including program structure, language and reasoning.
You can find more details about the research methodology, the results and authors’ recommendations by accessing the resource in the Knowledge Hub.