ERIC Number: ED367768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
School Age Child Care Staff Training Evaluation.
Gore, Jane S.; And Others
A formative and summative evaluation was made of eight school-age child care (SACC) training workshops conducted in 1989-90 for 190 participants in upstate New York. (The focus of the SACC workshops was to "train the trainers," as well as to provide trainees with quality materials and instruction for future training with their staff members.) All participants evaluated the individual classes at the end of each session as part of the formative assessment. Summative evaluative information from pre- and posttest questionnaires demonstrated a positive change in the trainees' attitudes about the importance of training. There was also marked improvement in their knowledge about how best to provide training to staff members (where to conduct it, how much training to schedule, who should do the training, and where to get resources). Trainees also rated statements describing high quality behaviors in SACC programs. Scores from the pretest were used to design a 15-item Guttman Scale that demonstrated participants' level of knowledge about desirable behaviors. The Guttman Scale will help trainers identify specific curriculum topics for future staff training. Ninety days following the training, 40 percent of the participants were mailed a follow-up questionnaire in the hope of receiving at least 48 (25 percent) completed and usable questionnaires in return. (In actuality, 58 usable questionnaires were received, for a 27 percent response rate). More than half the respondents reported having used some of the training materials with their staff members immediately after the training and the remainder said they planned to use the materials in future staff training. Three-quarters of the participants reported planning at least some staff training annually, a significant increase from pretraining levels. As a result of the workshops, participants reported a variety of planned changes in their programs. The trainees' major complaint was that the training workshops should have been scheduled in the fall instead of in the spring. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: New York State Dept. of Social Services, Albany.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: New York