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ERIC Number: ED312091
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 108
Abstractor: N/A
Strategies To Increase the Rate of Child-Directed Activities within the Early Childhood Education Community.
Crowther, Ingrid C.
A teaching master at a community college in Central Ontario implemented a practicum designed to increase the rate of child-directed activities in early childhood education programs. The primary goal was to increase awareness of early childhood educators, parents, and board members regarding the benefits of child-directed activities at early childhood education centers. Practicum goals were attained by collecting time-tables and by conducting interviews with supervisors and staff and informal observations of six participant centers. The percentage of child-directed activities in each program was jointly agreed on by the writer and the staff. A 6-week course was developed to enhance early childhood educators' skill in providing an increased number of child-directed activities. Follow-up activities included two parent and board of directors workshops, staff in-service sessions, on-site support in practicum settings, and writer assistance to anyone who requested it. Practicum evaluation data indicated an increased awareness of the benefits of child-directed activities for young children and an increase in the percentage of child-directed activities at participating sites. Related materials are provided in 10 appendices, including a course outline, rating scales, and questionnaires. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada