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ERIC Number: EJ811331
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Towards Professionalism in Early Childhood Practicum Supervision--A Personal Journey
Dayan, Yael
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v16 n2 p153-170 Jun 2008
The role of a practicum supervisor of early childhood students has received limited research attention in discussions of professional practice in this field. This article discusses four phases in the author's personal journey towards professionalism in this role. The phases reflect an ongoing research-practice cycle: Phase 1 involved a research study on the role perception of the early childhood practicum supervisor; the second phase corresponded to the implementation of findings from Phase 1 and involved a transition from a behaviourist approach to a humanistic-democratic approach in supervising, and the emergence of further research questions. The third phase comprised a research study on children's perspectives on early childhood teacher education and training; and the fourth phase included an attempt to facilitate the participation of children in the supervising process. The article shows how each of these phases has contributed to a framework for examining and enhancing the practicum supervisory process on the basis of humanistic-democratic values. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Israel