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ERIC Number: ED309862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Concerns of the Early Childhood Professional: An Australian Perspective.
Clyde, Margaret
A study was conducted to discover the ethical and professional concerns of people working as early childhood professionals in kindergartens and day care centers in Victoria, Australia. A survey was sent to over 50 kindergartens and 50 government-subsidized child care centers within a 100-kilometer radius of central Melbourne. The survey consisted of open-ended and multiple-choice questions relating to critical issues and dilemmas relevant to the early childhood workers' experiences in face-to-face, administrative, and organizational roles. All members of staff in each center were surveyed. Findings, which were remarkably consistent with American data, indicated that there were many concerns which were common throughout the centers. Conflicts with parents emerged as the greatest concern. Preliminary appraisal of the results suggests that many of the dilemmas could be prevented by adequate preparation during pre-service or in-service training of early childhood workers. A small section of the survey is concerned with early childhood workers' attitudes towards working with male early childhood workers. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia