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ERIC Number: ED452274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 33
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Parents' and Teachers' Subjective Beliefs about Developmentally Appropriate Practices.
Ernest, James M.
The purposes of this study were: (1) to determine if unique or shared viewpoints existed between teachers and parents concerning developmentally appropriate practices (DAP) and developmentally inappropriate practices (DIP); (2) to investigate differences between participants' subjective beliefs about DAP and DIP; and (3) to explore relationships between the viewpoints and families' and teachers' demographic information. Fifteen teachers and fifteen parents of children from three Head Start settings participated in the study. Q-methodology was used to structure the data collection, analysis, and interpretation of the data. Two contrasting beliefs about DAP and DIP emerged from the analysis. Results indicate a shared belief that early childhood practices should be naturally motivating and problem-solving activities, where the program explores a multitude of diversity issues, with open communication among all the stakeholders. A secondary belief system existed that reflected the continuum from teacher-directed to child-initiated activities. (Contains 1 figure, 3 tables, and 63 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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