ERIC Number: ED309837
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-17
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Instructional Supervision in Kindergarten Classrooms.
Lawler, S. Dianne
This paper describes issues and trends in kindergarten. There is consensus in early childhood education that a major shift in kindergarten curriculum has led to a focus on continuity of achievement rather than continuity of development. Demographic trends for the 1990's in early childhood education include: (1) increases in the number of children; (2) changes in the ecological context of childhood; (3) increased potential for polarization and conflict; (4) increased tension related to instructional issues; and (5) increased concern about the quality of teaching. In order for teachers to be properly prepared for students, teacher education should reemphasize the qualities of teachers. The demographic changes in society will affect school programs, and instructional leaders will have a role in the process. In order for appropriate supervision to occur in kindergarten classrooms, instructional leaders must become aware of current and forthcoming trends and issues; select teachers with specialized training; support teachers, parents, and children by persistently organizing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curricula; observe teachers and have conferences with teachers frequently; and provide staff development. Pre- and post-kindergarten data are appended. The observation instruments, the observation checklist, and the operational definitions for interruptions are attached. (RJC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (Atlanta, GA, April 17, 1989).