ERIC Number: ED296798
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
On-Site Program To Increase Affective Interaction by Caregivers in Preschool Centers.
Anderson, Fay B.
A teacher of child care courses at the college level implemented a practicum designed to encourage caregivers in five group day care settings to express a greater level of positive affect toward children. Training needs at the preschool centers were assessed and caregivers were videotaped as they carried out normal activities with their groups of children. Each caregiver then set personal goals, such as using positive ways of getting attention, and telling children what behaviors were desired rather than saying, "no," and, "don't." The trainer visited each caregiver in five day care centers once each week to encourage and model such behaviors. Five booklets dealing with one or more of the greatest assessed needs were produced and distributed for study and homework. At the end of the intervention, caregivers were again videotaped in interaction with children. Both trainer and caregiver rated the interactions, and the guide provided a verbal critique which emphasized the caregiver's growth. Practicum evaluation data indicated at least a 25 percent improvement in room- and observation-related awareness, unsolicited positive interactions with children, responses to children's bids for attention, and positive discipline approaches. Many related materials, including the training booklets, are appended. (RH)
Descriptors: Affective Behavior, Child Caregivers, Classroom Communication, Continuing Education, Day Care Centers, Discipline, Individualized Instruction, Inservice Teacher Education, Interaction Process Analysis, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Psychoeducational Methods, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University. Many pages in appendix section of document contain small/marginally legible print.