Global seminar on child care quality making main lectures open to campus
The three featured lectures in an international seminar May 12-14 on quality of child care are open to Purdue faculty, staff and students.
The Department of Child Development and Family Studies is a co-sponsor with universities in Germany and the Netherlands for the event, which is part of a collaborative graduate-level course, International Child Care Research Seminar. The event is titled "Child Care Quality, Research, and Recent Developments."
James Elicker, associate professor and director of Early Childhood programs at Purdue, is event organizer and one of the featured speakers. Each lecture will examine factors in measuring quality of child care and measurement systems in use in various countries.
Each featured lecture will be at 9-10 a.m. in Room 304, Matthews Hall. For more information, contact Elicker at email@example.com or 49-42938. The speakers:
Wednesday (May 12): Wolfgang Tietze, professor, Free University, Berlin, Germany, "Defining Child Care Quality: Concepts and Characteristics/Measuring Quality." Tietze has conducted field studies on the availability, costs and quality of early care and education, as well as family participation in child care and children's use of television. He also coordinates the European Child Care and Education Study.
Thursday (May 13): James Elicker, Purdue, "Quality Improvement: American Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS)." Elicker's research topics have included early social-emotional development, caregiver-child relationships, child care quality, early childhood program evaluation, and birth-to-three professional development. He directs the evaluation of the Paths to QUALITY child care quality rating and improvement system in Indiana.
Friday (May 14): Louis W.C. Tavecchio, professor, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. "Child Care Quality Assurance Systems in Germany and Australia: Deutsches Kindergartengute-siegel, Germany, and the Quality Improvement and Accreditation System (QIAS), Australia" (presented with Wolfgang Tietze). Tavecchio has conducted studies on childrearing in the family and in day care, effects of day care on children's socio-emotional development, attunement of parents and professional caregivers to each other, and recent developments and the quality of day care.