ERIC Number: ED321852
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Preparing Practitioners To Work with Infants, Toddlers and Their Families: Issues and Recommendations for the Professions.
Fenichel, Emily Schrag; Eggbeer, Linda
This publication offers a framework for thinking about the issues surrounding the preparation of personnel who work with infants, toddlers, and their families. Also provided are a common language with which to communicate across disciplines and recommendations for collaborative action to improve training for all infant/family practitioners. Section I reviews some of the difficult training issues confronting professionals and their organizations, such as role clarification, respect, and relationships. Section II describes the variety of settings and service programs that employ infant/family personnel in myriad roles, differentiating domains of professional concern in fostering infant/toddler development. Section III examines efforts to define "competence" for practitioners working with infants, toddlers, and their families. Section IV outlines in seven areas a set of key concepts which underlie all sound practice with children and families in the first 3 years of life. Section V looks at four elements of training that seem to foster competence and describes their use in preservice, inservice, and professional development activities. Section VI suggests priorities for collaborative action among parents, policymakers, educators, and professionals to improve training of infant/family practitioners. Appendix A provides examples of promising training approaches; appendix B lists sources of additional information. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Caregivers, Child Development, Competency Based Education, Continuing Education, Core Curriculum, Family (Sociological Unit), Infants, Inservice Education, Parent Child Relationship, Professional Development, Professional Education, Teaching Methods, Toddlers
National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, 2000 Fourteenth Street, North, Suite 380, Arlington, VA 22201-2500 ($5.00 per copy; set of four documents, $18.00. Add $2.50 shipping and handling for 1-2 copies; add $3.50 for 3-6 copies. 10% discount on orders of 7 or more copies.)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Smith Richardson Foundation, Inc., Greensboro, NC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Clinical Infant Programs, Washington, DC.
Note: A product of the Training Approaches for Skills and Knowledge (TASK) Project. For related documents, see PS 018 912-914.