ERIC Number: ED373867
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Development of a Flexible Orientation Program for the Diverse Staff of the Westmoreland County Community College Child Development Center.
This practicum sought to develop a video-based orientation program for a day care center. A one-time orientation meeting was not feasible for this community college-based center, due to flexible scheduling, staggered starting dates of new staff, and a diverse staff. An increase in staff size, space, and enrollment intensified the already difficult task of providing an effective and meaningful orientation program. These conditions necessitated an individualized approach to orientation that incorporated a knowledge base of six information goals: (1) physical features of the center; (2) educational philosophy; (3) staff role; (4) professional relationships; (5) center procedures; and (6) teaching strategies. Three videotapes incorporating the six goals were produced during the summer of 1993 and used for staff orientation in the fall semester. Compared with the semester before the video orientation program was implemented, staff cohesion and knowledge improved, and new staff were more confident in their assigned roles. A posttest found that 90 percent of the new staff had a working knowledge of the six information goals. (Five appendixes include a practicum verification form, staff questionnaires, results of staff self-evaluations, and discussion questions that accompanied the second videotape.) (MDM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum Report, Nova University.