ERIC Number: ED352109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Determining and Implementing Quality Exploratory Field Experience in Early Childhood Education through Improved Interaction.
This practicum report describes an intervention to improve the quality of college students' experiences during their placement in a child care center as part of an introductory course in early childhood education. As a result of the intervention, 12 outcomes were expected. These outcomes were divided into 21 standards of achievement. Of these, 7 standards, such as writing weekly entries in logs, applied to students; 3 standards, such as reporting about the needs of students, applied to day care center teachers; 10 standards, such as completing questionnaires, applied to the course instructor; and 1 standard, offering a contractual agreement to the course instructor, applied to the school administration. The intervention included: (1) visits by the instructor to the child care centers; (2) the use of logs by students and the instructor; (3) discussion of students' field experiences during class time; (4) orientation sessions for students and child care teachers; (5) the development and use of a handbook; and (6) reports by child care teachers about students' experiences. The success of the intervention was measured by analysis of questionnaire responses and written records, such as logs and reports. During or as a result of the intervention, 17 standards were fully met and 4 were partially met. A reference list of 24 items is provided. Appendices include the report form for child care teachers, questionnaires for students and teachers, and forms for assessing outcomes and standards of achievement. (BC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.