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ERIC Number: ED405941
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Oct
Pages: 25
Abstractor: N/A
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Using Action Research To Inform Curriculum Deliberation in an Early Childhood Education Teacher Education Program.
Connolly, Mary; Dotson, Margaret
An action research project was conducted at Ohio's Sinclair Community College to review and revise the early childhood teacher education curriculum. First, a modified Developing a Curriculum (DACUM) process was undertaken. Over 800 tasks from 8 validated task lists obtained from early childhood education (ECE) programs at other community colleges were categorized and synthesized into a DACUM chart of 133 tasks. Focus group interviews were then held with the college's ECE Program Advisory Committee, program graduates, student teaching site representatives, and representatives from community child care programs to validate the synthesized DACUM chart. Focus group participants also completed questionnaires requesting them to identify tasks that ECE graduates should be able to perform, rate the importance of the task in the profession, and determine the frequency with which the task is performed. The quantitative findings from the questionnaire and the qualitative findings from the focus groups were then analyzed and compiled into a database, used to inform the ECE faculty's deliberations and help them reach consensus on curriculum revisions. Contains 24 references. Appendixes provide addresses of DACUM-related organizations, instructions for completing the focus group questionnaire, and the synthesized DACUM chart. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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