ERIC Number: ED297881
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
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Utilizing Field Experiences in an Early Childhood Center To Increase Competencies in Teacher Training.
Sutton, Alfred L.
The director of career education and coordinator of the department of human growth and development at a private college implemented a practicum designed to expand the knowledge level of early childhood students in teacher training by requiring that they participate in the college's day care center. The primary purpose of the practicum was to improve students' competencies by means of hands-on experiences. A second aim was to expand the use of the center as a teaching tool. Activities included: (1) the coordination of the efforts of the teaching faculty, child care center director, and participating students; (2) establishment of a control group; (3) collection and analysis of data on students collected while students interacted with children; (4) development of a questionnaire and analysis of survey data; and (5) development of an interview format and analysis of interview data. Data indicated that many of the participating students characterized their experiences in the child care setting as rewarding or extremely rewarding. The use of the child care center as a teaching site was expanded. Student grades suggested that a satisfactory level of competence was reached by participating students. Related materials are appended, including questionnaires and study results. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.