ERIC Number: ED172924
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Report of Early Childhood Programs: Staff Development. Report No. 7914.
This report discusses the views of early childhood supervisory and instructional staff regarding staff development activities across 11 Early Childhood Education Programs in Philadelphia. A comprehensive staff development questionnaire was completed by supervisory personnel, teachers, assistant teachers and aides in the Spring of 1978. Cumulative data indicate that at least 60 percent of the teachers of all 11 programs, and 50 percent of the aides in nine programs, had five or more years of early childhood experience. Greater specific program experience was in evidence among Kindergarten teachers, Original Follow Through aides, Get Set Day Care teachers, assistant teachers and aides, and Prekindergarten Head Start aides, than among other program staff. Based on total responses from all programs, most teachers felt that staff development provided during the year resulted in "moderate to great" change in their classroom effectiveness. The majority of supervisors indicated that they spent the greatest amount of time suggesting activities and offering support regarding parent involvement. The majority of program staff indicated satisfaction with all supervisory services. Generally, assistant teachers and aides in all 11 programs indicated a greater willingness to participate in non-reimbursed staff development than did teachers. A large majority of the Parent Cooperative Nursery teachers, however, indicated a willingness to participate in non-reimbursed activities related to parent involvement. The areas selected most frequently across programs for future staff development were improving the basic skills, social behaviors, creative arts, individualizing instruction, and learning disabilities/classroom management. (Author/MP)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Philadelphia School District, PA. Office of Research and Evaluation.
Identifiers: Pennsylvania (Philadelphia); Project Follow Through; Project Head Start
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