ERIC Number: ED305151
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
In Safekeeping: A Research Study of Child Care Teacher Competencies.
Bernotavicz, Freda; Huff, Sheila
This study, the second in a series entitled "Competency across the Campus," was conducted in order to develop accurate data on the job responsibilities of teachers in a university child care center and the competencies these teachers need. The first part of the study used techniques for functional job analysis and content validation to develop information on job duties, skills, and knowledge, and the physical demands made on child care assistant teachers and head teachers. The major part of the study focused on identification of competencies of beginning and advanced teachers. Transcripts of interviews with a sample of 24 teachers from child care centers in higher education in Maine were analyzed to identify competencies. The resulting model distinguished 19 competencies and their behavioral indicators or ways in which the child care teachers displayed the particular competency. Statistical comparisons of beginning and advanced teachers distinguished between basic and optimal skills. Other analyses revealed few statistically significant differences related to level of education or job role as assistant or head teacher. Although the sample was limited to a small segment of the population of child care teachers, these findings are supported by other research in the field. Data tables, job profiles, and the competency model are appended. Twenty-two references are cited. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern Maine, Gorham. Div. of Human Resources.