ERIC Number: ED188746
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Mar-25
Reference Count: N/A
Competence for Children's Sake: Summary Report of a Research Project on the Child Development Associate Credential.
Pettygrove, Willa Bowman
This report summarizes a research project on the Child Development Associate (CDA) assessment and credentialing system. The issues covered in the report fall under two general categories: validity (the ability of the CDA assessment/credential system to identify competent child care staff) and career development potential (the benefits of the CDA system for child care staff). The term "CDA assessment/credential system" is said to comprise three distinct but related parts: a definition of competence, an assessment method and a credential. The study design included information about child care workers taken from interviews, ratings, and written assessments; content analysis of literature on child related occupations and case studies of the relationship of state regulations to the CDA assessment credential system. Validity findings included evidence regarding the competencs of CDA participants; consistency of judgments in CDA assessment; access to and outcomes of the CDA assessment system. Career development findings included participants' personal and career history; a career ladder analysis; and a case study of two states' child care regulations. Limitations of the study were noted to include using indirect evidence to make decisions, using measurement concepts not applicable to the CDA assessment/credential process, ignoring participants' prior training experiences, and defining "competence" ambiguously. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Career Development, Certification, Child Caregivers, Competence, Educational Certificates, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Measurement Techniques, Occupational Aspiration, Personnel Evaluation, Postsecondary Education, Preschool Education, Staff Development, Validity
Child Development Training Program, Child Development Department, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Child Development.