ERIC Number: ED352123
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Thinking Ahead: Early Childhood Teachers' Roles into the 1990s.
This paper discusses roles of early childhood teachers in the context of a perspective which views the changes that have occurred in the education profession as surface changes only, and which suggests that teachers should not lose connections with the roots of their profession. The value of many past beliefs and practices has been confirmed by current research. The importance of guided play, for example, has been rediscovered and corroborated by recent studies. Early childhood teachers work in very diverse situations in which they confront increasingly complex issues relating to poverty, health, immigration, and the family. Teachers must therefore become more cognizant of the roles they play in their students' lives. These roles may include caretaker, support agent, facilitator, counselor, and curriculum designer, as well as instructor. To support teachers in their career development, inservice teacher education programs need to be available in a variety of formats. Teacher education programs need to take account of the diverse theoretical and empirical bases of the profession, changing social issues in society, new approaches to play, the roles of teachers, and the characteristics of student teachers. (MDM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Annual Meeting of the Australian Early Childhood Association (18th, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia, September, 1988).