ERIC Number: ED319520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
The Teacher's Ongoing Role in Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Early Childhood Program: A Self-Study Process for Teachers of Children Ages 5-8.
Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.
This self-study instrument is designed to support teachers' efforts to implement an early childhood program for children of 5-8 years of age that reflects the qualities of developmentally appropriate programming described in Connecticut's Guide to Program Development for Kindergarten (1988). The contents, which are presented in checklist format, focus on: (1) the learning environment; (2) the integrated curriculum; (3) roles of players in the program; (4) evaluation; and (5) partnerships among home, school, and the community. The learning environment is considered in terms of room arrangement, use of space and time, equipment, materials, supplies, scheduling, and tone of the program. The section on the integrated curriculum focuses on interactive learning play, activity centers, and themes. The section on roles of program participants focuses on teachers, children, teacher assistants, parents and other volunteers, specialists, and administrators. Evaluation is approached in terms of program continuity, observation and recording of children's behavior and growth, and the planning of the program. Content on partnerships between home, school, and community concerns family patterns and needs, and the building of an early childhood continuum. Teachers' guidelines for using the instrument are provided. It is emphasized that the rough profile of developmentally appropriate practices that the instrument provides is not to be used as part of an evaluation. (RH)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Classroom Environment, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Family School Relationship, Independent Study, Instructional Materials, Integrated Curriculum, Learning Centers (Classroom), Profiles, Program Development, Program Improvement, School Community Relationship, Teacher Role, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Connecticut State Dept. of Education, Hartford.