ERIC Number: ED340459
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Improving Teacher Articulation To Increase Program Continuity Preschool through First Grade.
Malaspina, Barbara A.
This practicum was designed to improve preschool, kindergarten, and first grade teachers' group decision making skills in order to encourage program continuity from grade to grade in schools in a culturally diverse metropolitan area. A second aim was to use shared skill building to reduce isolation and improve problem solving among preschool and child care staff. A pre- and post-test training survey, and a 2.5 hour training session in group decision making skills, were targeted to 11 preschool, kindergarten, and first grade teachers, and one principal, at two schools. These activities identified participants' skills and attitudes toward group decision making skills. Original plans for an outside consultant to serve as a facilitator for future meetings were not implemented. However, training session participants incorporated the new skills into regular school meetings and other informal communications. Follow-up interviews with principals indicated that the skills used in group decision making were being applied. Appended materials include: early childhood survey results; articulated childhood education (ACE) pilot evaluation interview results; an implementation calendar; a pre-training survey; a post-training survey and principal interview; an agenda for decision making skill building for teams; lists of training activities and handouts; ideas on barriers to articulation; and the practicum implementation log. Contains 77 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.