ERIC Number: ED125776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Identification of Research and Product Needs in Early Childhood.
Coleman, Joyce H.; Williams, David L., Jr.
This paper is an assessment of research needs that attempts (1) to identify areas of current needs in early childhood education, (2) to determine which of the areas would be most appropriate for the research and development of educational materials, and (3) to propose solution strategies for those areas identified. Data sources included responses from personal interviews with 11 prominent early childhood theorists (each of the interviews was structured according to a list of 19 questions in five areas), results from reviews of the literature in early childhood education, recommendations made by 13 participants representing regional and state agencies, school districts, etc., at a regional conference in Austin, Texas, and responses from brief telephone interviews with 10 people currently working in the area of research and development for carepersons. Identified needs and recommendations from each data source are reviewed. In general, the results indicate a need in five major areas: (1) more effective education of parents, paraprofessionals, and other adults involved in caring for children; (2) more research directed toward the development of effective training materials for parents and paraprofessionals--research which utilizes an exportable, modular design, flexible training strategies, and multimedia materials; (3) more accessibility to parenting materials already developed, (4) more research concerning what effective parenting is; and (5) more effective strategies for utilizing information obtained from screening instruments used with young children in program development. (Author/SB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)