Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name




First Advisor

Smith, Kara,


Education, Early Childhood.



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This study examined whether the Early Development Instrument (EDI) (McMaster University, Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation, 2000) could be an effective assessment tool for the perceived government curriculum objectives at the Ontario Early Years Centres (OEYC). The sample consisted of four girls and two boys, aged 3--4 years. All of the subjects attended the same OEYC Centre, located in Windsor, Ontario. The Early Childhood Educators in the OEYC completed pre- and post-tests of the Early Development Instrument on each of the subjects. The researcher was an observer in the OEYC for two months. During this time, observational field notes were taken on the six subjects. The actions of each subject at the OEYC site, as well the words spoken by the subjects was recorded by the researcher. The researcher also spent time exploring the City of Windsor Early Learning and Family (ELF) Centres curriculum, which the Windsor area Ontario Early Years Centres were using, while they awaited the arrival of a province-wide, government generated curriculum. (Abstract shortened by UMI.) Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2003 .S46. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 42-02, page: 0380. Adviser: Kara Smith. Thesis (M.Ed.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2003.