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ERIC Number: EJ782961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2006
Does Training Matter? A Meta-Analysis and Review of Caregiver Training Studies
Fukkink, Ruben G.; Lont, Anna
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v22 n3 p294-311 2007
A review of studies published between 1980 and 2005 shows a significant positive effect of specialized training on the competency of caregivers in childcare (d=0.45, S.E.=0.10). Experimental results from the meta-analysis were significantly smaller for settings with no fixed curriculum content, delivery of the training at multiple sites and large-scale programs. Results were also smaller when tests were used that did not align closely with the content of the training. Furthermore, experimental results were smaller for the skills domain, compared to the knowledge and attitude domain. A subset of experiments with both caregiver and child data also showed a positive effect, supporting the causal link between caregiver training, caregiver competencies and child behavior in childcare, although this effect was not significant due to the small number of studies (d=0.55, S.E.=0.30). Based on these findings, we advocate the inclusion of instruction related to teacher-child interaction in the curriculum of vocational training for caregivers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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