ERIC Number: ED251186
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Telecommunications. Training for Day Care Teachers, Aides, and Administrators: A Comparative Study. A Summary Report.
Suarez, Tanya M.; And Others
This study compared the effectiveness of three types of telecommunications technology and a traditional face-to-face approach in training day care teachers, aides, and administrators. The technologies were audio telecommunications with (1) audiotapes and slides, (2) videotapes, and (3) slowscan television. Data were collected through observations of training implementation, knowledge pretests and posttests, an opinionnaire, and a demographic survey of trainee characteristics. Results indicated that each training approach could be presented to cover the same content and procedures in similar amounts of time. Each approach resulted in a significant increase in knowledge, and none of the approaches was more effective than others in achieving knowledge gain. Subjects viewed traditional sessions more positively than audio or slowscan television sessions and preferred sessions delivered at a single site to multi-site sessions. Trainees who initially knew the least about the content learned the most. Other trainee characteristics were not related to the amount of learning that occurred. It was concluded that telecommunications technologies can effectively be used for training day care personnel. Additional observations are discussed, and recommendations are offered regarding the implementation of telecommunications training. Specifically, these recommendations concern primary sources of problems and the quality and effectiveness of training. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: North Carolina State Dept. of Human Resources, Raleigh. Office of Day Care Services.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.