ERIC Number: ED141294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976
Summary of the Early Childhood Services Task Force on Teacher Competence.
Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
This report on teacher competence in the field of early childhood education is divided into six sections. The first section outlines the rationale for the study and defines its particular thrust. The main intention of the survey is to describe and define the tasks and requisite skills of early childhood teachers in supporting families in the care and education of their children. Part two details the issues most relevant to a definition of teacher competence: (1) the purpose of early childhood programs, (2) the environments of center-based programs, (3) the roles of the teacher, and (4) a review of the nature and quality of research into teacher behavior. The third section details the methods of observation of teachers, the criteria upon which opinions were based and analysis of teacher behaviors in not only classroom situations but also in interaction with parents. The tasks and competence of the early childhood teacher are discussed in detail in the fourth section. These are divided into three major catagories: (1) design and implementation of program -- ability to relate the use of time, space and activities to the developmental levels, learning abilities, and individual characteristics of children; (2) personal competence -- ability to serve as an effective model of behavior for children and other adults; (3) interpersonal competence -- ability to facilitate the child's mastery and satisfaction in interactions with physical environment, peers and adults. In section five the implications of the survey are discussed, and section six contains recommendations for improvement in the field. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alberta Dept. of Education, Edmonton.
Identifiers - Location: Canada