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ERIC Number: ED135424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 240
Abstractor: N/A
Preparation of Paraprofessionals in Early Childhood Education at Essex County College.
Bugnand, Jane
The purposes of this study were to develop a curriculum in early childhood education for the preparation of paraprofessionals for the staffs of pre-schools, and to propose strategies for its implementation at Essex County College (New Jersey). Tyler's principles for curriculum design served as a guide. A questionnaire was developed to seek opinions of early childhood education experts and practitioners on what paraprofessionals should be, do, and know. Three early childhood educational movements--romantic maturation, cultural transmission, and progressive developmental--were listed in the questionnaire as were four classifications of paraprofessional activities--instructional goals and objectives, environment and materials organization, instruction, and diagnosis evaluation. Respondents were asked to indicate their preferences on a forced choice rating scale and data were analyzed to determine the preferred theoretical positions of respondents. A model curriculum for pre-schools reflecting the progressive developmental ideology was developed. The curriculum for training paraprofessionals at two-year colleges included career and academic guidance, a liberal arts core, history, theory, philosophy, instruction, materials, environments, and child development as related to early childhood education. Course offerings were designed to make the title of group teacher and transfer to a four-year college possible. (Author/JDS)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Teacher's College, Columbia University