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Professional Development and Quality in Early Childhood Education

Comparative European Perspectives

  • Athanasios Gregoriadis
  • Vasilis Grammatikopoulos
  • Evridiki Zachopoulou

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Athanasios Gregoriadis, Vasilis Grammatikopoulos, Evridiki Zachopoulou
    Pages 1-6
  3. Athanasios Gregoriadis, Vasilis Grammatikopoulos, Evridiki Zachopoulou
    Pages 7-28
  4. Teresa Leal, Ana Madalena Gamelas, Sílvia Barros, Manuela Pessanha
    Pages 29-58
  5. Evridiki Zachopoulou, Vasilis Grammatikopoulos, Athanasios Gregoriadis
    Pages 59-81
  6. Athanasios Gregoriadis, Evridiki Zachopoulou, Vasilis Grammatikopoulos
    Pages 105-113
  7. Ana Madalena Gamelas, Teresa Leal, Manuela Pessanha, Silvia Barros
    Pages 115-124

About this book


This book provides a global overview of developments and discussion around the evaluation of quality of early childhood education environments, and the professional development of early childhood teachers, during the last decade. It reports on the Early Change project, a European-funded research project with the participation of six European countries: Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Portugal, and Romania; and offers an in-depth view on the perspectives of early childhood teachers regarding their professional development and the quality of early childhood education environment. Additionally, it discusses the policies and educational framework supporting the professional development of early childhood teachers across Europe. Finally, it proposes an alternative way to integrate the use of observational rating scales of early childhood education environments’ quality in teachers’ professional development. Presenting up-to-date scholarly research on global trends, this is an easily accessible, practical, yet scholarly source of information for researchers, policy makers and practitioners.


early childhood care early years early childhood education systems European Union professionalism

Editors and affiliations

  • Athanasios Gregoriadis
    • 1
  • Vasilis Grammatikopoulos
    • 2
  • Evridiki Zachopoulou
    • 3
  1. 1.Aristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.University of CreteRethymnonGreece
  3. 3.Alexander Technological Educational Institute of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

About the editors

Athanasios Gregoriadis is an Assistant Professor in Early Years at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

Vasilis Grammatikopoulos is an Assistant Professor in Educational Evaluation at the University of Crete, Greece.

Evridiki Zachopoulou is a Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki, Greece.

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