ERIC Number: ED031308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-May
Reference Count: 0
Help for Teachers in Preschools: A Proposal.
Katz, Lilian G.; Weir, Mary K.
An educational issue today concerns the quality of teaching in preschools. Many additional preschool teachers will be required in the next few years to meet the increased enrollments in preschool programs. Not only must proper training programs for future teachers be designed, but it has been noted that most people now teaching preschool children have not had proper training for the job. Personnel and training crises are currently relieved by: (1) federally funded institutes and fellowship programs, (2) the Regional Training Office for Head Start programs, (3) technical consultants who visit classrooms, and (4) itinerant trainers who are experienced preschool educators traveling through remote communities demonstrating techniques and skills. However, programs that provide inservice education unfortunately provide only minimal contact with classrooms. Evidence reveals that new teachers need help in their classrooms from trainers who can answer concrete "how to" questions. Emphasis should be transposed from inservice training to inservice helping. Colleges, universities, professional associations of preschool teachers, etc., should explore and refine inservice helping strategies. Expansion and strengthening of the Regional Training Office of Head Start would increase the inservice helping resources already available. (WD)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Educational Labs.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana, National Lab. on Early Childhood Education.
Note: Based on a paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Association for the Education of Young Children, St. Louis, Missouri, May, 1969