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ERIC Number: EJ1176437
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Creating Communities: A Consortium Model for Early Childhood Leaders
Ratner, Hilary Horn; Bocknek, Erika London; Miller, Anna G.; Elliott, Sharon L.; Weathington, Beverly
Teacher Development, v22 n3 p427-446 2018
The current paper describes an urban university-anchored but community-based consortium of early childhood centers and community partners in a large Midwestern US city. The goal of the Consortium is to provide professional development opportunities that include networking, coaching, and collaboration as part of a community of practice (CoP) intended to improve program quality. Our findings suggest that early childhood center directors who are part of the Consortium describe benefits consistent with a CoP, specifically in terms of connection, resources, and community. Our findings also show that sense of community is associated with deeper engagement with the Consortium and program quality rating of the member center. Implications of the findings for future practice, especially in urban settings, are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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