ERIC Number: ED319458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
An Effective Extension Model for Early Childhood Education.
Celetti, Deepti N.; Pierce, Kenneth L.
A pilot project aimed at providing extension training to early childhood educators was initiated in 1985 by Holland College (HC). Thirty students who were employed in the field of early childhood education on Prince Edward Island, were recruited. Eight evening courses were provided in three counties over a 21-month period. Training focused on child development, programming, and interpersonal communication. Questionnaires were administered to the participants and their supervisors/colleagues to determine the extent to which the participants' professional skills were enhanced through the utilization of this training model. Study findings, based on responses by 26 program participants and 10 of their supervisors or colleagues, included the following: (1) participants felt that the program was effective in enhancing their professional growth through the acquisition and application of new skills; (2) the early childhood education extension model was satisfactory in meeting the participants' needs; (3) 73% felt that the courses on child development, creating a learning environment, counseling techniques, and communicating effectively were the most informative, interesting, and applicable; (4) 46% felt that some of the courses attempted to cover too much in the allotted 12 weeks, but over half of the respondents were generally satisfied with the subjects covered in these courses; and (5) when asked to comment on their employees'/co-workers' skills and confidence levels, all 10 supervisors/colleagues perceived a gain in confidence since the beginning of program, and seven indicated that their employee/colleague was better at communicating ideas with co-workers. Both questionnaires are attached. (JMC)
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Early Childhood Education, Extension Education, Models, Pilot Projects, Professional Continuing Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Skill Development, Teacher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Training Methods, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Holland Coll., Charlottetown (Prince Edward Island).
Identifiers - Location: Canada