ERIC Number: ED338413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Getting It Together: A Study of Early Childhood Training.
Bishop, Barb; And Others
Baseline data were gathered from 316 students in 3-year training programs at 6 New Zealand colleges of education in order to determine why the students chose to go into early childhood education, what early childhood service they expected to work in, and where they would be employed after they completed their training. Of the students who responded to the survey, 96% were female; 50% were 19 or younger and 29% were 25 or older; and 75% were Pakeha or non-Maori New Zealanders. English was the first language of 88% of the students. Nearly half of them had secondary school work experience in an early childhood center. Early findings showed that although the courses were designed to prepare students for work in a range of early childhood services, the majority of students beginning training favored working in kindergartens. In spite of some variation among colleges, the training encouraged students to think more broadly about career opportunities. Overall, students appeared to be committed to work in early childhood and to believe that their training prepared them well. Most would have liked more practical work included in the training. Most students who had completed their training were working in the service of their first choice and felt satisfied with their jobs. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood Convention (5th, Dunedin, New Zealand, 1991).