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ERIC Number: ED568450
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 207
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3038-5692-1
Managing Challenging Behaviors in Preschool Settings
Mitchell, Bridgitt Lenore
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Despite state mandated early childhood education (ECE) teacher competencies, many children are removed from preschool settings for behaviors related to socioemotional problems. This study's rationale was the propensity of expulsions among children exhibiting challenging behaviors in preschool programs. Guided by Bronfenbrenner's ecological model and Mezirow's transformative learning model, this qualitative case study examined the preparedness of ECE teachers for managing preschool classrooms. The purpose of this study was to understand the teachers' perceptions about their education and training, what influences their attitudes and beliefs, the pedagogical strategies and techniques that they deem effective, the methods of mastery in their classrooms, and their concerns and needed supports as teachers. Through purposeful sampling, 8 ECE teachers were interviewed, observed in preschool settings, and provided behavior support and lesson plans; all these sources of information were collected as qualitative data. Interview data were analyzed using hermeneutic analysis to identify themes, which were triangulated for greater trustworthiness with the observational data and document data. According to the findings, ECE teachers exhibit core teaching competencies but need more support relating to child development, working with children with special needs, and working with families. This professional development curriculum project for faculty will enhance course development and instructional practices in ECE teacher preparation programs. Recommendations include informing emerging practices in ECE teacher preparation and developing a community of practice model. Implications for social change include better preparation for ECE teachers to optimize the social competence of young children. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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