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ERIC Number: ED534140
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Degrees in Context: Asking the Right Questions about Preparing Skilled and Effective Teachers of Young Children. Preschool Policy Brief. Issue 22
Whitebook, Marcy; Ryan, Sharon
National Institute for Early Education Research
Preschool teachers play a critical role in children's development yet there is little agreement about how to codify teacher knowledge and skill. This brief argues that too much attention has been given to debating the baseline of qualifications required of preschool teachers (e.g., AA vs. BA), failing to take into account the precise nature of the education that teachers have received en route to their degrees, support for ongoing learning, and the effects of the workplace environment on their teaching practice. This brief is intended to illuminate these questions and provide recommendations that can lead to their resolution. (Contains 72 endnotes.)
National Institute for Early Education Research. Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, 73 Easton Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901. Tel: 848-932-4350; Fax: 732-932-4360; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Pew Charitable Trusts
Authoring Institution: National Institute for Early Education Research