ERIC Number: ED055034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Mar
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A Preliminary Report on an Experimental Training Program for Head Start Teachers and Assistants.
Nimnicht, Glen; Wilson, Dee
This report covers the evaluation of preliminary field testing of a 1-year experimental training program designed to reach a larger number of Head Start teachers and teacher aides at a lower cost but provide an inservice program that was at least as good as an 8-week college program. The program began with a 4-day workshop for 60 teachers and aides, after which participants recieved 16 inservice training units, which included learning episodes, films of model teachers, and a videotape. After practicing with the materials and viewing the film, teachers videotaped themselves using the learning episode with a group of children and then mailed the tapes to the Laboratory for critiquing. Although subjective evaluation of the program by participants was very favorable, evaluation accomplished through analysis of videotapes and assigning teachers to one of five levels of competence indicated that the program was a failure with 40 percent of the participants, moderately successful. Recommendations for changes included decreasing the number of units used, providing faster critiquing of videotapes, and granting college credit for the course. (An appendix contains an outline of the inservice program and some examples of learning episodes.) (RT)
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Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.