ERIC Number: ED311622
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Critical Variables in Training Early Childhood Special Educators.
Bennett, Teresa C.
This paper attempts to identify critical variables for designing training programs in early childhood special education. A literature review is presented on training and the adult learner. Important characteristics of training are identified, such as the course design, sequence, content, and adult learning strategies used. Other significant factors include the educational level, self-concept, personal commitment to growth, and cognitive flexibility of the trainees. Size of group, location, duration, and scheduling were not found to significantly influence training. Research on the adult learner has identified assumptions that differentiate adults and children as learners, focusing on self-concept, time perspective, readiness to learn, previous experiences, etc. Training methods found to be useful with adult learners include checklist training, feedback, micro-teaching, mentoring, coaching, demonstration, modeling, observation, practice, and video-audio feedback. Figures include a flowchart depicting the relationship between training and other important variables; a summary of the highlights of research on staff development; examples of training methods; a list of critical variables in training; and the relationship between the training event, the mediating variables, and training effectiveness. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 3-7, 1989).