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ERIC Number: ED346949
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Oct-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
[Knowledge Base Issues: Content of Preparation and Training Programs.]
Lally, Ron
This communication from one child education professional to another attempts to answer two questions. The first question deals with professional agreement on the content of early childhood training programs. The response indicates there is agreement that the recent trend towards formal academics for young children is based on a misconception because children learn most effectively through a play-oriented approach. The response further indicates that: (1) there is agreement on content areas for training of children and professionals, on those areas in which training initiatives are needed, and on the need for training for all people who work with children; and (2) there is disagreement on the particular content of these areas and initiatives, especially those concerning the role and style of caregivers' interactions with children. The second question deals with emerging new needs for training caregivers in the early childhood education field, e.g., multicultural/multilingual techniques, methods for working with children affected by AIDS and substance abuse. The response emphasizes the need for cultural sensitivity and care, and the training of providers of child care in drug treatment programs. (BC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A