Education will inevitably play a key role in the national development. It can be used to enhance the quality of people life. Although education is an important factor for the national development, some countries around the world still face education problems such as education quality, education access, and education relevance. Improving performance in education is crucial to meeting the challenge or reaching a high income status. Although much work has been done to date, more discussions need to be conducted to identify the strategies to enhance the quality of education, especially the quality of early childhood and primary education.
The 1st International Conference on Early Childhood and Primary Education (ECPE) with the theme of “Policies and Strategies to Enhance the Quality of Early Childhood and Primary Education” is identified as being of importance to education stakeholders in providing them the necessary background to improve the quality of early childhood and primary education. The purposes of the conference are: (1) to identify some global issues around early childhood and primary education; (2) to identify some policies and strategies to improve the quality of early childhood and primary education; (3) to establish an international forum where all the participants have opportunities to share ideas, experiences, expertise, and knowledge on the global issues of educational practices and development; and (4) to facilitate all participants or institutions to build business relationship for their future development.
The conference is held on 21 – 22 September, 2018 at the Royal Orchid Hotel Batu-Malang, Indonesia. This conference is organized by Department of Primary Education and Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, State University of Malang. The conference involves the keynote speakers from USA, Finland, Malaysia, Palladium, and Indonesia. Compulsory quality assurance features for the conference include web-based paper submission, plagiarism check, and double-blind review is a procedure that has been undertaken for the papers to be proposed and published in the proceedings. Based on the reports, 55 papers were accepted to be presented on ECPE 2018 by the editors.
We would like to express our deep appreciation and gratitude to all the members of the 1st ECPE. We would also appreciate the assistance of Atlantis Press in producing the volume of the collected papers. In the end, we wish to express appreciation to all the authors for their outstanding contributions to this valuable volume. Hopefully, this conference can contribute to improving the quality of education in Indonesia in particular and global education in general.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
Dean of Faculty of Education,State University of Malang
Prof. Dr. Bambang Budi Wiyono, M.Pd