ERIC Number: EJ823215
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
Impact of Trainings on Child Care Providers' Attitudes and Perceived Competence toward Inclusion: What Factors Are Associated with Change?
Baker-Ericzen, Mary J.; Mueggenborg, Mary Garnand; Shea, Mary M.
Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, v28 n4 p196-208 2009
This study examined a comprehensive modularized inclusion training program provided to 1,298 diverse early child care providers (center-based, family home, and license exempt settings) on providers' attitudes and perceived competence toward inclusion. Second, factors (number of trainings attended and provider characteristics) associated with positive changes were examined. All of the providers significantly changed their attitudes and perceived competence toward inclusion with substantial effect sizes; however, providers attending three or more sessions demonstrated more change compared to others. Examination of provider characteristics on outcomes revealed a race-ethnicity main effect in which Asian and Pacific Islander providers changed their attitudes toward inclusion more than other providers. The positive results of this study suggest that a modularized provider training approach may offer an avenue for improving inclusive child care as previous research revealed strong relationships between staff educational experiences and quality of care in inclusive child care settings. (Contains 4 tables.)
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Child Caregivers, Effect Size, Educational Experience, Child Care, Professional Development, Attitude Change, Competence, Inclusive Schools, Mainstreaming, Caregiver Attitudes, Program Effectiveness, Racial Differences, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Whites, African Americans
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Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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