ERIC Number: ED400034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Iowa Early Education: The State-of-the-State Study.
Northern Iowa Univ., Cedar Falls. Coll. of Education.
The Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education (University of Northern Iowa) focuses efforts on improving early childhood education (birth through 8 years) in Iowa by supporting educational efforts that emphasize children's interests, experimentation, and cooperation. In recent years, educational reform initiatives have targeted programs for 4-year-olds and younger elementary-aged children. The Regents' Center initiated a comprehensive needs assessment study of early education in Iowa in 1994. Surveys focused on program characteristics such as enrollment, instructional arrangements, staffing, teacher qualifications, parent participation, and other issues relating to program implementation. This report presents findings from Phase One, and consists of survey results from districts, elementary schools, elementary school principals, and teachers in 4-year-old, kindergarten, and first-grade programs. Preliminary findings of the surveys indicate that Iowa educators are receptive to the implementation of developmentally appropriate practices. Preliminary recommendations focus on further training in implementation of developmentally appropriate practices, and the need for state and local policies to support implementation of developmentally appropriate practices. (Author/SD)
Descriptors: Childhood Needs, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Early Childhood Education, Educational Assessment, Enrollment, Institutional Evaluation, Needs Assessment, Parent Participation, Program Content, Program Evaluation, Staff Utilization, State Programs, State Schools, State Surveys, Student Centered Curriculum, Teacher Qualifications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Northern Iowa Univ., Cedar Falls. Coll. of Education.
Identifiers - Location: Iowa