ERIC Number: EJ1074334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
Professional Development Scholarships Increase Qualifications of Diverse Providers
Lipscomb, Shannon T.; Schmitt, Sara A.; Pratt, Megan E.
Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education, v36 n3 p232-249 2015
Efforts to improve school readiness call for improvements in the professional qualifications of the early childhood workforce. It is critically important that these efforts are inclusive of a diverse workforce. Providers from diverse ethnic and linguistic backgrounds make up a sizable portion of the early childhood workforce, yet diversity continues to be disproportionally concentrated among providers with lower qualifications. This study examines the effect of a state-wide scholarship program on increasing qualifications for nondegree-seeking providers from diverse groups caring for children in early childhood settings. Data from two components of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System for early care and education were linked with individual provider identification numbers (N = 1,783): the Oregon Child Care Professional Development Registry (PD Registry) and the state-wide Betty Gray Scholarship Program. Findings revealed that providers from ethnic and linguistic minority backgrounds had lower qualifications, on average, but also accessed scholarships at elevated rates. Scholarships were associated with modest increases in professional qualifications for all groups of providers but did not reduce the gap in qualifications between providers from minority and nonminority backgrounds. Implications for teacher educators who deliver training and/or education to providers are discussed. Directions for future research and programming related to qualifications of early childhood providers are also presented.
Descriptors: Scholarships, Early Childhood Education, Diversity (Faculty), Disproportionate Representation, Faculty Development, Minority Group Teachers, Minority Groups, Teacher Qualifications, Measures (Individuals), Predictor Variables, Professional Identity, Regression (Statistics)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Oregon