ERIC Number: ED392167
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov
Administrators', Teachers', and Teaching Assistants' Self-Evaluation of Pre-School Programs.
Lawler-Prince, Dianne; Slate, John R.
This paper presents findings of an evaluation of a 2-day training workshop, that was designed to enhance professionals' skills in working with three- and four-year old children in developmentally appropriate ways. The participants included 22 administrators, 72 teachers, and 25 teacher aides at 6 different training sites in a southern state. A pre- and post-survey asked workshop participants to identify their programs' strengths and weaknesses in accordance with child development and theory, classroom management, curriculum development and planning, assessment, and parental involvement. All three groups cited the following strengths in their programs: staff, developmentally appropriate practices, parents, and facility. Prior to the training, 33 percent of the participants identified both curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) as strengths in their programs. Following the workshop, 57 percent and 66 percent identified their curriculum and DAP, respectively, as program weaknesses. Chi-square analysis revealed that the differences in strengths and weaknesses were a function of the professional role. It is concluded that preschool teachers need additional training and specific information regarding curriculum development, particularly in science. Training would also be useful for administrators and teaching assistants. Two tables are included. (Contains 13 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).