ERIC Number: ED176843
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Status of Child Development Student Instruction Programs in California Community Colleges.
Beck, J. Milton
Child development programs at the 103 California community colleges were studied to justify and demonstrate the need for continued project development of on-campus laboratory facilities. Information, collected from college catalogs, directories, and telephone interviews with college personnel, was analyzed to clarify confusing terminology and to show the complexity of multi-jurisdictional relationships, the differences between child development instruction and child care services, the availability of child development programs, curriculum structures, and personnel implications. Report findings show that confusion between "child development" and "child care" during legislative hearings hindered child development funding. Raw data revealed that community college students in child development programs made up 9% of the full-time enrollment; that 95% of the colleges provided child development instruction; that a typical college offered 12 courses, though the range was from four to 44; and that courses were administered under a variety of department headings. Evaluative data demonstrated the need for student laboratory experience, and the benefits of on-campus rather than off-campus training. Recommendations for the reorganization of program leadership at the college level and for uniform state administration of child care and child development programs by the Chancellor's Office are included in the study report. (Author/JP)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Child Development Centers, College Curriculum, Community Colleges, Curriculum Development, Day Care Centers, Personnel Needs, Program Administration, State Aid, State Surveys, Training Laboratories, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.