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ERIC Number: ED308925
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Pages: 14
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Distinctions in the Role and Function of Child Development/Early Childhood Laboratories.
Couchenour, Donna; Chrisman, Kent
This paper investigates the role and function of child development/early childhood laboratories and examines the ways in which a laboratory's perspective on role and function may influence policy and practice. Roles are discussed in terms of instruction, service and research. Instruction in the laboratories may include: (1) demonstrating model curricula for pre-service teachers; (2) providing pre-service teachers with the opportunity to observe stages of development, plan and implement case studies, or conduct interviews, and (3) promoting graduate students' professional growth. The service role of laboratories is: (1) to provide child care or early childhood programs for young children and informational sessions for parents and education professionals; (2) to be advocates for child and family issues; and (3) to serve as a liaison or referral source to other human service organizations and agencies. The research function of child development/early childhood laboratories is two-fold: (1) the laboratory is the site for data collection and other primary research activity; and (2) the laboratory facility can be used to demonstrate practical applications of relevant research findings. (RJC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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