ERIC Number: ED231534
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Perceived Problems of Prekindergarten/Child Care Administrators.
Johnston, John M.
The purpose of this study was to identify and describe specific problems and groups of problems confronting child care/prekindergarten administrators as they go about their daily work. Three specific questions were addressed: (1) Which work-related problems occur most frequently for these administrators? (2) Which work-related problems are most bothersome? and (3) What global areas can be inferred from administrators' perceptions of their problems? Anecdotal descriptions were collected from national and Wisconsin samples of day care/prekindergarten administrators. From these descriptions, a 50-problem checklist was developed and administered for verification to a second independent sample of administrators. The first sampling provided 368 problem descriptions from 52 administrators; the second provided responses from 126. Administrators indicated that 14 problems were bothersome, frequently occurring, or both. Factor analysis revealed five problem areas: goal direction, fiscal security, efficiency, personnel management, and parent cooperation. Related materials, appended, include copies of measures employed and a description of the demographic characteristics of the second sample. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Graduate School.; Wisconsin Univ., Madison. School of Education.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-14, 1983).