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ERIC Number: ED309860
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Pages: 19
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The Relationship between Notions of Caregiving Held by Early Childhood Practitioners and Stages of Career Development.
VanderVen, Karen
Research examined the relation of early childhood practitioners' concepts of the purpose and meaning of caregiving to their stage of career development. Research questions included: (1) What are the notions of caregiving held by practitioners in direct and indirect work? (2) Do these concepts of caregiving expand as the practitioners move from direct to indirect career roles? (3) What are practitioners' reasons for entering the field of child care and early childhood education, and is there any relationship between these reasons and the practitioners' perceptions of caregiving? and (4) Is there a values conflict between traditional notions of caregiving and attributes associated with expanded notions of caregiving? A questionnaire was developed and distributed to teachers in an urban Head Start program, attendees at a large annual conference on early childhood education, and students in an undergraduate and graduate program in child development and child care. A total of 65 questionnaires were returned. Findings indicated that the function of care was seen as including nurturing and "growth encouragement." Predominant motivations to enter the field appeared to be closely allied to views of the function of care. Few respondents favored entrepreneurial values in day care. Implications of the findings are discussed. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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