ERIC Number: ED352134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Results of the Statewide Staff Development Needs Assessment for Personnel Associated with [the] Prekindergarten Program for Children at Risk of Academic Failure, [the] Prevention Initiative Programs for At Risk Infants and Toddlers and Their Families, [and the] Model Early Childhood Parental Training Programs.
Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
In an effort to help establish consistent opportunities for meaningful staff development, administrators and staff associated with three early childhood education programs funded by the Illinois State Board of Education were surveyed about their needs and interests. A questionnaire examined the extent of the respondent's knowledge of, or experience in, a specific content area in early childhood education, and level of interest in knowing more about the content area. The questionnaire was divided into the following categories, each covering various content areas: (1) developmentally appropriate practice and curriculum; (2) family involvement and family systems; (3) observation and assessment; (4) language and culture; and (5) community collaboration. Of the 2,136 questionnaires returned for this study, 2,066 were analyzed. Results were analyzed according to region, job (teachers, administrators, and support staff), and program type. Results showed that the language and culture category was of most interest to respondents, and that scores concerning gaps in knowledge in subcategories in this section were the highest for each region and program. Recommendations for staff development and professional growth programs are offered. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield.
Identifiers: Content Area Teaching; Illinois State Board of Education; Support Personnel