ERIC Number: ED448923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Helping Preschool Teachers Implement Developmentally Appropriate Child Care Practices Utilizing a 4-Point Strategy To Prepare Preschoolers for Kindergarten Readiness.
Noting that many early childhood practitioners have difficulty understanding and articulating how developmentally appropriate practices in their programs contribute to students' kindergarten readiness, this report details the implementation and evaluation of practicum experiences designed to improve preschool teachers' developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) so they could better prepare preschoolers for kindergarten readiness. Participating were 20 teachers at a military child development center in the western United States. The following practicum experiences were implemented by the training and curriculum specialist: (1) six teacher training sessions on child development and other areas; (2) parent-education opportunities; (3) bimonthly classroom visits; and (4) evaluation of classroom environments. Expected outcomes for the teachers related to providing children with DAP, arranging the classroom environments to meet children's interests and needs, explaining to others and demonstrating DAP, as well as including parent participation activities in the curriculum and explaining to parents how their participation promotes their children's development. Analysis of the data revealed that with the use of training sessions, parent-involvement opportunities, classroom-environment evaluations, and classroom visits, preschool teachers were able to prepare the students for kindergarten. The practicum report concludes with recommendations for improving DAP in the preschool classroom and plans for dissemination. Six appendices include the Kindergarten Readiness Questionnaire, classroom observation instrument, a resource list, and the Kindergarten Readiness Parent Handbook. (Contains 47 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Day Care, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Inservice Teacher Education, Parent Participation, Parent School Relationship, Preschool Children, Preschool Curriculum, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Program Effectiveness, School Readiness, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Doctor of Education Practicum II Report, Nova Southeastern University.