ERIC Number: ED160229
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Principles of Staff Development in Programs for Young Children.
Katz, Lilian G.
This paper outlines 6 principles for inservice educators and others engaged in staff development for early childhood programs. Principle 1 recommends that inservice educators focus on modifying a teacher's understandings (the constructions, concepts, or schemata relevant to his or her work) rather than on giving prescriptions for behavior. Principle 2 recommends strengthening enduring dispositions (e.g., inventiveness, patience, and enthusiasm) thought to be related to effective teaching. Principle 3 supports a focus on helping teachers to use competencies they already possess more reliably, consistently, appropriately, and confidently. Principle 4 suggests the importance of building long-term relationships with teachers instead of offering hasty corrections. Principle 5 proposes that inservice educators maintain an optimum psychological distance from the teachers they work with. Principle 6 recommends the provision of moderate amounts of inspiration as well as encouragement and support to keep up the teacher's enthusiasm. (Author/CM)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Improvement, Guidelines, Individual Characteristics, Inservice Teacher Education, Program Development, Staff Development, Teacher Educators, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Morale, Teacher Motivation, Teaching Methods, Teaching Skills
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: To be published in Children in Contemporary Society