ERIC Number: ED473458
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Technology and Early Childhood Professional Development: A Policy Discussion.
McMaken, Jessica; Kauerz, Kristie; DeCesare, Dale; Hale, Genevieve
In July 2002, Knowledge Works Foundation and the Education Commission of the States assembled key stakeholders to focus on the policy opportunities, needs, and challenges of utilizing technology for coordinated early childhood professional development across the nation. This report summarizes the presentations and discussions held at the meeting and concludes with 10 recommendations promoting the use of technology to better prepare early childhood professionals. Sessions at this meeting focused on using technology in early childhood professional development, the benefits of various distance education approaches, equal access to distance learning, articulation and accreditation issues in distance education, and implementation and funding issues in distance learning. Recommendations are: (1) identifying a person or organization to track distance learning opportunities in early childhood professional development throughout the country; (2) identifying stakeholders; (3) conducting additional research to show how distance learning can increase the availability of high-quality training for early childhood professionals; (4) using research to promote distance learning as an option to increase professional development opportunities; (5) enacting state and federal policies that promote distance learning opportunities; (6) identifying an appropriate organization to provide technical assistance to states to develop models of statewide distance learning opportunities; (7) creating policies and systems to ensure faculty are appropriately trained and supported; (8) continuing efforts to build transfer and articulation agreements; (9) continuing efforts to develop accreditation standards; and (10) addressing intellectual property rights issues. The report concludes with a list of resources. (KB)
Descriptors: Access to Education, Accreditation (Institutions), Articulation (Education), Child Caregivers, Distance Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Technology, Equal Education, Interactive Television, Internet, Preschool Teachers, Professional Development, Public Policy, Public Television
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: KnowledgeWorks Foundation, Cincinnati, OH.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.