ERIC Number: ED340474
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Development of a High School Level Child Care Training Curriculum Designed To Enhance Post-Graduation Job Skills.
This practicum involved the design and implementation of a curriculum that allowed 10 students from a private school to translate the theoretical knowledge gained from a previous child development course into a hands-on experience. This was accomplished through the use of regularly scheduled class sessions and a preschool laboratory, in which the students worked 40 minutes a day, 3 days a week. Different areas of the curriculum were addressed each week, and students were able to apply what they learned in the preschool setting. Although the objectives of the practicum were not met exactly as stated, a pretest and posttest showed overall improvement of students' skills and an attitudinal survey completed by students before and after the course indicated positive changes in student attitudes toward children and a favorable response to the experience. Data from daily observations of students showed that, over time, confidence increased, ability to discipline improved, and guidance techniques became more diversified. Recommendations for improvement of the practicum are provided. Appended are a list of 22 references and related project materials. (GLR)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.