‘The book gives excellent insight of current Early Years topics by covering international educational approaches and discussing the need to professionalise the sector. It is suitable for students on Early Childhood Studies programme, EYPS, and Early Years Foundation Degrees.’ - Eva Mikuska, Senior Lecturer at University of Chichester, MA, EYPS, and Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood



Key Ideas Explored in this Chapter

  • the research project known as HighScope
  • some of the key messages and implications of the research
  • key learning from this approach that might enhance provision and practice.


The Perry Pre-school HighScope Project originated in Ypsilante, Michigan, USA in 1962, and ran until 1967, when the city was the centre for the Ford and GM car industry. At that time, schooling in the USA was racially segregated and this also applied to housing. There was, nationally, a continuing concern with the plight of disadvantaged children (Blackwell, 1994), which had begun in the 1950s. Questions had been raised as to whether the practice of adapting the curriculum for those children was providing the desired effect of ‘inoculating children against failure and breaking ...

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