ERIC Number: ED338330
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Knowledge Base Expansion as a Means of Improving Staff Management with Preschoolers in a Child Crisis Centre.
Wong, Ruth M.
A practicum designed to strengthen and expand day care staff members' knowledge about working with preschool children from crisis families had the following goals: (1) to provide staff with information about children in stressful situations; (2) to help staff recognize child behaviors that call for special attention; (3) to help staff implement appropriate play programs for their clients; and (4) to encourage staff to provide an understanding and warm atmosphere for the children. Fifteen staff members at a child crisis center for mainly Native American children in western Canada participated in a four-session in-service training program that dealt with the children's problem behaviors. These included aggressive, withdrawn, developmentally delayed, unusually sensitive, and overly friendly behaviors. Analysis of data revealed that the staff did learn about the problem behaviors, and observation showed that they learned to respond appropriately to such behaviors as well, mainly by encouraging developmentally appropriate play activities for each child and by interacting in ways that respected the child's culture and problems. Participants felt the training program was worthwhile. It has been continued at the center and may be initiated at similar locations in the area. A list of 60 references, as well as related program materials, are appended. (SAK)
Descriptors: American Indians, Behavior Problems, Canada Natives, Child Abuse, Child Caregivers, Child Neglect, Classroom Environment, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Family Problems, Foreign Countries, Inservice Teacher Education, Play Therapy, Preschool Education, Staff Development, Stress Variables
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Canada; Crisis Child Care
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.