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ERIC Number: EJ1022239
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1090-1027
Predictors of Confidence and Competence among Early Childhood Interventionists
Bruder, Mary Beth; Dunst, Carl J.; Wilson, Cristina; Stayton, Vicki
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v34 n3 p249-267 2013
The preservice and in-service predictors of 1,668 Part C early intervention and Part B(619) preschool special practitioners' perceived self-efficacy beliefs are reported. The preservice variables were type of degree (discipline), years of formal postsecondary education, licensure, and participants' judgment of how well their preservice training prepared the practitioners to work with young children and their families. The in-service variables were type of state training/technical assistance available to the participants, whether participants were required to have continuing education, and the amount of in-service training the participants received. Self-efficacy was measured in terms of the participants' perceived confidence and competence to successfully enact three procedural practices (family-centered practices, teaming practices, and assessment in education practices), and three intervention practices (IFSPs/IEPs, instructional practices, and natural environment/inclusion practices). Results suggest that participants' judgments of their preservice preparedness to work with young children and their families, and the number of different kinds of in-service training for which they availed themselves, were the best predictors of all four types of self-efficacy beliefs. Implications for preservice and in-service professional preparation and training are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Connecticut
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part B; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C; Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act 2004
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