ERIC Number: EJ1084804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
What Does It Take to Be a "Successful Teacher"? Universities' Role in Preparing the Future Early-Years Workforce
Rekalidou, Galini; Panitsides, Eugenia A.
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v35 n4 p333-350 2015
Within the knowledge era, Early Childhood Education has been attracting continued interest from scholars globally. In this regard, several studies have been conducted, with results identifying the multifarious attributes which members of the early years workforce should possess. But what does this imply for Early Childhood Teacher Education Departments? An exploratory quantitative study was conducted with a random sample of first-year and graduate students of the Department of Early Childhood Education of the Democritus University of Thrace, Greece, with the aim of recording students' perceived views on the skills, knowledge and attitudes required for working in early years and their expectations of their studies. Results have identified some divergence between freshmen's and graduates' perceptions on required attributes, as well as on the role of their studies in preparing them to enter the early childhood teacher profession, with significant implications for improving university curricula, as well as for undertaking further research in the field.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Early Childhood Education, Preservice Teachers, Graduate Students, Statistical Analysis, Expectation, Student Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Characteristics, College Freshmen, Student Surveys, Measures (Individuals), Likert Scales, Reliability, College Role, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Greece