ERIC Number: ED455947
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Early Childhood Teacher Prep. NCEDL Spotlights, No. 28.
National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.
This report summarizes findings from a survey of chairs/directors of early childhood teacher preparation programs at two- and four-year institutes of higher education regarding diversity. The focus of the survey was how teacher preparation institutions are dealing with issues of diversity in their faculty, highlighting comparisons between historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and non-HBCUs as well as comparisons between two- and four-year institutions. Some of the key findings follow. There was a significantly higher percentage of African American faculty members at four-year schools than at two-year schools. There were more American Indian, Asian, and Hispanic part-time faculty members at two-year schools than at four-year schools. Four-year schools rated difficulty attracting and retaining ethnically and racially diverse faculty as a significantly greater challenge than did two-year schools. A greater percentage of HBCUs offered early childhood programs than did non-HBCUs. HBCUs were more likely than non-HBCUs to require a practicum in infant-toddler care and education, family childcare, home visitation, and program administration. The HBCUs were more likely than non-HBCUs to prepare students for working with children from diverse backgrounds and non-English speakers. Early childhood faculty members in all programs served larger numbers of students compared to faculty in other departments on their campuses and had a lower percentage of full-time (versus part-time) faculty in their departments. Key content areas of both types of programs are highlighted. The report concludes with a discussion of implications for policy and diversity issues. (KB)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Black Teachers, College Faculty, Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Diversity (Faculty), Early Childhood Education, Educational Policy, Higher Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teacher Educators, Two Year Colleges, Universities
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, CB #8185, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-8185. Tel: 919-966-0867; Web site: http://www.ncedl.org.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Early Development & Learning, Chapel Hill, NC.