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ERIC Number: ED491774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-1-5576-6722-5
Coaching Families and Colleagues in Early Childhood
Hanft, Barbara E.; Rush, Dathan D.; Shelden, M'Lisa L.
Brookes Publishing Company
In this practical guide, early intervention professionals will find a groundbreaking model for supporting those who support families with young children in natural settings--coaching. Beginning with a thorough introduction to the concept of coaching, the book shows professionals how to: help colleagues acquire new knowledge and skills; and support families and other caregivers as they take an active role in promoting a child's development and participation in home and community activities. Using the five steps of coaching--initiation, observation, action, reflection, and evaluation--readers will learn to support colleagues or caregivers so they can successfully handle situations in a wide variety of settings, from homes and programs. Readers will learn about essential qualities such as objectivity and adaptability; cultivate communication skills such as observing, listening, and planning; consider key issues such as ensuring administrative support; and reinforce what they learn with engaging anecdotes, reflection questions, points to remember, and practical forms. An ideal book for professors, administrators, and practitioners in early childhood programs, this invaluable guide will help create coaches who improve the communication between professionals and families--and improve outcomes for the children in their care. Following a foreword by Carl J. Dunst, and a preface, this book is divided into the following chapters: (1) Coaching in Early Childhood: What's It All About?; (2) Support for Coaching; and (3) The Coaching Process; (4) Qualities of an Effective Coach; (5) Coaching Families in Home and Community Settings; (6) Coaching in Group Settings; and (7) Coaching Colleagues. An index is also included. (Contains 5 appendices.) [This book was published by Brookes Publishing Company.]
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
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