ERIC Number: ED374912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Improving Guidance Techniques for Early Childhood Program through Inservice Training and Observation.
Treme, Cindy Gehron
A practicum was conducted at a rural hospital-subsidized child development center to reduce the inappropriate responses of teachers in meeting the needs of children from 6 weeks to 6 years of age. Informal observations indicated that staff members of the center were not using child development knowledge in guiding and responding to children. The physical environment was not arranged to support active learning, open-ended experiences, or language development; daily experiences at the center were not structured to give children and adults the greatest potential for interaction. A series of inservice training sessions, addressing the areas of early childhood development, learning environment, learning experiences, and supportive staff responses, were conducted on-site for all 20 staff members. Staff members were divided into teams and assigned to one of two supervisors who served as consultants and facilitators. After each training session, the supervisor and staff member agreed on goals to achieve in relation to inservice knowledge and skills. Implementation was monitored, and data were collected in a portfolio. Progress was reviewed and evaluated by the staff member and supervisor. Subsequent to the training sessions, inappropriate responses declined, and appropriate techniques of supporting child development increased. (AC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova University.