Assessing diversity in early childhood development in the East Asia-Pacific

Nirmala RAO, Jin SUN, Ben RICHARDS, Ann Margaret WEBER, Alanna SINCOVICH, Gary L. DARMSTADT, Patrick IP

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Abstract

The East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales represent the first effort to create a developmental assessment tool on the basis of the diverse cultures and values of a range of countries within a world region. The Scales were administered to a representative sample of 7757 children (3869 girls), ranging in age from 36 to 71 months, from Cambodia, China, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu. In all six countries, child development scores increased with age and urban children consistently performed better than rural children. The gap between urban and rural children widened with age in Cambodia. There were significant gender differences in total scores, favouring girls in four countries. Results illustrate commonalities and variations in trajectories of children’s early development across contexts. Reasons for the findings and their implications are discussed. Copyright © 2018 Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature.
LanguageEnglish
Pages235-254
JournalChild Indicators Research
Volume12
Issue number1
Early online dateFeb 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2019

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Far East
childhood
Cambodia
Child Development
Vanuatu
Mongolia
Papua New Guinea
China
Papua-New Guinea
Melanesia
Indonesia
gender-specific factors
Values

Citation

Rao, N., Sun, J., Richards, B., Weber, A. M., Sincovich, A., Darmstadt, G. L., & Ip, P. (2019). Assessing diversity in early childhood development in the East Asia-Pacific. Child Indicators Research, 12(1), 235-254. doi: 10.1007/s12187-018-9528-5

Keywords

  • Early child development
  • East Asia-Pacific Early Child Development Scales (EAP-ECDS)
  • Measurement
  • Low- and middle- income countries