ERIC Number: ED362812
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Preservice Training in the Identification and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect, for College Students in Teacher Education and School Counseling Preparation Programs.
A practicum was designed to assist a private college in maintaining accreditation with the state of Washington in producing certified teachers with training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect. Teachers and counselors are recognized as court mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, but prior to the implementation of this practicum, no training in this area had been provided through the department of education at the college. A new state law went into effect during the implementation of the practicum requiring that all certifying teachers prove adjudicated coursework in child abuse and neglect. An approved syllabus was developed for an undergraduate course that included a substantial component on child abuse training, and for a graduate course specifically dealing with identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect within the school context. The courses were taught to undergraduate and graduate students. Analysis of pre- and post-tests revealed that, initially, graduate students in counseling were no better prepared to identify or report child abuse and neglect than were undergraduate education students. Both groups improved in understanding and skill during the course enrollment. Both groups were taught to fulfill their roles as court mandated reporters, and the teacher trainees met the new state requirements for certification by taking either course. Appendixes include the pretest/posttest, syllabi for the two courses, and a detailed discussion of test questions directed at specific practicum objectives. (Contains 41 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.