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ERIC Number: ED326309
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
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Preparation and Professional Development Programs for Early Childhood Educators: Emerging Needs for the Next Decade.
Equipped with the National Child Care Staffing and the new Profiles of Child Care studies, researchers are close to estimating the number of child care providers in the formal child care system. Estimates of the number of providers in the system, which includes in-home housekeepers and nannies, unregistered or licensed family child care providers and relative care, are incomplete and difficult to make. Knowledge of the level of preparation and ongoing training of providers is far from complete. Part of the problem is that the general public, and to some extent those involved in the field, confuse experience with training. The bulk of the research finds experience to be a poor predictor of effective teaching, but belief systems do not always accommodate this information. The process of getting reliable information on training is complicated by several other issues, among them inadequately differentiated and elaborated categories of training, the interaction of training and the work environment of the provider, and lack of clarity concerning the roles of formal education and training in producing effective providers. The French system of training providers is impressive; by expecting high levels of training they have ensured a base of quality in their child care programs. (RH)
Descriptors: Data Collection, Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Family Day Care, Information Needs, Inservice Teacher Education, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Professional Development, Program Development, Research Needs, State of the Art Reviews, Teacher Education, Training, Work Environment
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Preparation and Professional Development Programs for Early Childhood Educators: Emerging Needs for the Next Decade (New York, NY, November 7-8, 1990).