ERIC Number: ED300144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Child Care Workers' Perceptions of Their Occupational Worth.
Zeece, Pauline Davey; Fuqua, Robert W.
A total of 360 child care workers from licensed facilities were surveyed regarding their perceptions of the occupational worth of various child care jobs. Respondents were family and group day care providers, and day care center, Head Start, and nursery school teachers. Overall, these child care workers differed in the ways they perceived what various members of their occupation deserve in relation to job pay and status. These perceptions were not biased in favor of their own jobs. Respondents agreed that society affords nursery school teachers the highest pay and job status. They did not agree that nursery school teachers' actual contributions to society were greater than those of other child care workers. Child care workers reported being professionals when they were asked directly, yet they reported a no-job status on career profile patterns. Implications for career development and training of child care workers are discussed. Approximately 40 references are cited. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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