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ERIC Number: EJ917321
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1096-2506
Finding Your Feedback Fit: Strategies for Designing and Delivering Performance Feedback Systems
Barton, Erin E.; Kinder, Kiersten; Casey, Amy M.; Artman, Kathleen M.
Young Exceptional Children, v14 n1 p29-46 Mar 2011
In the rush of day-to-day tasks and the daily demands of caring for young children, little time is left for conversation between administrators and teachers. Both sides often walk out of meetings feeling like little more than paperwork has been accomplished. Likewise, professional development becomes a paperwork formality. Both administrators and teachers might benefit from efficient strategies for providing feedback to promote meaningful, positive outcomes. More sustained, practice-oriented experiences and follow-up feedback could make all the difference. Current guidelines and recommendations echo this call for systematic feedback in the classroom. Early education and care providers enter the field with a variety of backgrounds, education levels, and experiences. Designing professional development to meet the diverse needs of this workforce is an evolving challenge. Evidence from a variety of sources has demonstrated the familiar 1-day workshops of the past are insufficient to support lasting, positive change for the majority of early education and care providers. Meaningful follow-up is essential for affecting professional knowledge, skills, dispositions, and practices, whether it comes from the professional development provider, a fellow teacher, or self-reflection. This article focuses on one method of follow-up: performance feedback. Table 1 describes five types of performance feedback: verbal, e-mail, graphical, checklists, and guided self-reflection. These performance feedback strategies can be adapted to meet the logistical, technological, and professional development needs of early childhood professionals. (Contains 1 table and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
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