ERIC Number: ED367506
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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Increasing Community College Child Development Associate (CDA) Advisor Skills in Recording Observations as a Component of a Competency-Based Assessment.
Arzoumanian, Linda Lee
This report describes a program designed to promote the use of recorded observations in Child Development Associate (CDA) advisors' assessments of interns in early childhood education at a southwestern community college. Sixty-one advisors participated in the program, which consisted of a series of five staff development meetings, formulation of a new lesson plan to be included in pre-service orientation, and revision of a segment of the advisor handbook. Surveys of advisors' experience with competency-based assessment, review of advisors' reports, and an on-going Context Input Process Product (CIPP) evaluation were used in formulating the training program. Results of the program indicated that the advisors increased their use of competency-based recorded observation in meetings with interns and participated enthusiastically in the staff development meetings, and that the design of the meetings successfully promoted reflective discussion among participants. The program also prompted discussion among participants over whether the purpose of recorded observations was to provide encouragement or assess competence. Six appendixes contain the CDA advisor survey instrument as well as samples of program materials. Contains 31 references. (ME)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: CDA; Child Development Associate; Competency Based Assessment; Context Input Process Product Evaluation Model
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.