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ERIC Number: ED535936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Coaching in Early Education Classrooms Serving Children with Autism: A Pilot Study
Wilson, Kaitlyn P.; Dykstra, Jessica R.; Watson, Linda R.; Boyd, Brian A.; Crais, Elizabeth R.
Online Submission
Coaching is gaining attention as a promising professional development approach in early education. However, in practice, many adult educators continue to rely on methods with inconsistent effectiveness, such as one-time trainings and workshops. In addition, there is limited evidence supporting the use of specific coaching models in early education. This article describes the development and pilot study of a coaching model developed to support early education teams in implementation of the supplemental intervention for preschoolers with autism, Advancing Social-communication and Play (ASAP). Two early education teams were assigned to each of the following groups: those who received ASAP training, those who received ASAP training and coaching, and a control group that received no support related to the intervention. Through descriptive analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, preliminary results of this pilot study suggest the coaching model impacted teams' collaborative practices and adherence to key elements of the intervention approach. Implications and practical applications are outlined for early education professionals and researchers who may implement coaching to support intervention efforts for students with autism. (Contains 1 figure and 3 tables.) [This article was published in: "Early Childhood Education Journal" 40(2), 97-105. (Online publication date: November 2011; Publication Date: April 2012).]
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B070056