ERIC Number: ED329357
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Towards a Research Agenda on Child Care in Alberta.
LaGrange, Annette; Read, Malcolm
In this study, a Delphi Method was used to collect and collate opinions of 24 Alberta child care professionals regarding the creation of a research agenda on child care. Findings indicated that the 25 research questions (out of an original list of 80 questions) considered important or very important by at least three-quarters of the participants were spread across 15 topic areas. The eight research questions considered most important were, in order of importance: (1) What knowledge, skills, and attitudes do caregivers need in order to be effective? (2) What is the impact on the quality of care if staff are trained or untrained? (3) What happens to children in family day home care and what are the child outcomes? (4) What criteria are to be used for providing good quality care for infants and toddlers? (5) What is the relationship between pay, working conditions, status, and promotion opportunities and the recruitment and retention of staff? (6) What training and personal characteristics make caregivers effective in working with special needs children? (7) What is the relationship between adherence to regulations and quality care? (8) What impact does parent involvement have on the quality of care? (96 references) (RH)
Descriptors: Day Care, Early Childhood Education, Educational Development, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Questioning Techniques, Research Needs
Child Care Matters, P.O. Box 2, R.R. 4, Site 2, Red Deer, Alberta, Canada T4N 5E4 ($5.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Care Matters, Red Deer (Alberta).