ERIC Number: ED331633
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Increasing Pre-school Staff Awareness of Their Legal Responsibilities through Training and a Series of Workshops.
Due to their lack of knowledge concerning legal aspects of education, the staff of a preschool was uncertain about the legality of accepted practices in early childhood education and, consequently, exhibited low morale. To remedy the situation, the director of a preschool and kindergarten implemented and evaluated a 10-week practicum intervention designed to acquaint staff members with legal issues concerning their jobs. A legal expert was consulted and changes in school policies were recommended. A series of workshops addressed these areas of concern: (1) child abuse; (2) negligence; (3) safety and first aid; and (4) children's school records. Each workshop focused on legal questions and ways the staff could function professionally while protecting themselves from legal action. Evaluation data suggested that the intervention was effective. Interaction in workshops led to increased closeness and higher morale among participants. Practices that might be considered legally questionable or lead to legal accusations were modified by most participants. Although some staff members became overly cautious after learning about possible legal problems, most felt more confident than before instruction. Appendices provide related materials, including tabulated questionnaires, interview questions, proposed additions to school policy, and workshop handouts. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.