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ERIC Number: ED566485
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 38
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
The Nature and Extent of Change in Early Childhood Educators' Language and Literacy Knowledge and Beliefs
Ottley, Jennifer R.; Piasta, Shayne B.; Mauck, Susan A.; O'Connell, Ann; Weber-Mayrer, Melissa; Justice, Laura M.
Grantee Submission, Teaching and Teacher Education v52 p47-55 Nov 2015
Professional development (PD) can enhance educators' knowledge and beliefs, but research has yet to determine the nature and extent of such change. This study examined the patterns and predictors of change in knowledge and beliefs for early childhood educators participating in state-implemented PD. Results from a longitudinal piecewise growth model indicated that educators improved their knowledge and beliefs to varying extents during the school year when PD was provided. Change then plateaued with educators neither improving nor regressing during the subsequent school year. Openness to change and self-efficacy significantly predicted knowledge and beliefs, respectively. Research and practice implications are provided. [This article was published in "Teaching and Teacher Education," v52 p47-55 Nov 2015.]
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305B120008; R305E100030