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ERIC Number: ED434748
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 16
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New Head Start Directors Perception about Preparedness for Their Job Responsibilities.
Rodgers, Brigitte; Hiatt-Michael, Diana
This study examined the extent to which new Head Start directors participated in education and training activities to prepare for professional practice. Surveys were mailed to 110 new directors; telephone interviews were conducted with 53 of these directors. Responses indicated that: (1) each director was responsible for an average of 69 staff, 150 children, and a budget of more than $1.5 million; (2) fewer than 10 percent reported being prepared for their job responsibilities; (3) 51 percent of the subjects had not participated in any management training or educational activities; (4) more than 58 percent had earned college degrees in fields unrelated to early childhood education, education administration, or business management; (5) directors wanted training in (and found these topics the most troublesome) administration (83 percent), non-profit law (73 percent), and fiscal management (75 percent); (6) 84 percent of respondents preferred workshops and 69 percent preferred mentoring as delivery vehicles; and (7) for help in preparing for the job, more than 72 percent identified on-the-job training, 18 percent reported professional development, and more than 10 percent reported academic coursework. Overall, directors reported initial self-confidence eroding under the onslaught of overwhelming responsibilities, recognition that responsibilities were greater than education and training received, and feeling overwhelmed by unexpected urgencies of the job. Recommendations based on these findings included: (1) establishing a task force to examine the "real" academic and training needs of directors; and (2) conducting a national study to examine the content of the Administration in Early Childhood Education course. (Contains 87 references.) (DLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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