ERIC Number: EJ1149048
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Head Start Teachers across a Decade: Beliefs, Characteristics, and Time Spent on Academics
Walter, Melissa Clucas; Lippard, Christine N.
Early Childhood Education Journal, v45 n5 p693-702 Sep 2017
We examined changes in teachers' beliefs regarding developmentally appropriate practice (DAP) in 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2009 using data from the Head Start Family and Child Experience Survey. In addition, we examined how teacher education, credentials, and professional experience relate to beliefs about DAP and explored how these relationships differ by cohort. We also explored teachers' reports of time spent in math and literacy focused activities. Findings indicate that after 2003, developmentally appropriate beliefs decreased significantly, while developmentally inappropriate beliefs increased. Results also showed significant increases in the frequency of literacy activity across the decade, while the frequency of math activity was more consistent. Despite these changes, teachers with more education consistently held the most appropriate beliefs. These findings indicate that teacher education may buffer against influences of pushed down curricula and increased accountability. This study also illustrates that policies at the national level have the potential to impact children's day-to-day classroom experiences.
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Beliefs, Teacher Characteristics, Time Factors (Learning), Teaching Experience, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Teacher Education, Teacher Certification, Cohort Analysis, Attitude Change, Learning Activities, Literacy, Mathematics Activities, Educational Attainment, Teacher Surveys
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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