ERIC Number: ED317308
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
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Qualities of Early Childhood Teachers: Reflections from Teachers and Administrators.
Weitman, Catheryn J.; Humphries, Janie H.
Data were collected from elementary school principals and kindergarten teachers in Texas and Louisiana in an effort to identify qualities that are thought to be important for kindergarten teachers. A questionnaire listing 462 qualities of early childhood teachers was compiled from literature reviews. Subjects were asked to check a maximum of 50 qualities. Of the 142 principals and kindergarten teachers in 6 northern Louisiana parishes to whom questionnaires were mailed, 39 percent returned the forms. In a similar mailing of 266 questionnaires to 18 rural and urban school districts in Texas, 74 percent of principals and 67 percent of kindergarten teachers responded. Findings indicated that principals and kindergarten teachers lacked agreeement on qualities deemed important for teachers of young children. This was true even among teachers and principals in the same school. An exception was found among principals in Louisiana, who exhibited agreement on seven items dealing with administrative concerns, effective teaching skills, and innate qualities. Six of the original 462 items were ranked important by three of the four respondent groups. Only two items were on both the Louisiana principals' list of seven and the majority's list of six qualities; these were: accepts children equally, and aids with positive self-image. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana; Texas