ERIC Number: EJ918770
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
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The Impact of Child Development Associate Training on the Beliefs and Practices of Preschool Teachers
Heisner, Mary Jane; Lederberg, Amy R.
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v26 n2 p227-236 2011
This study examined the impact of Child Development Associate (CDA) training on the beliefs and practices of early childhood teachers who did not have college degrees or early childhood college coursework. Preschool teachers who were enrolled in CDA classes (n = 76) and a comparison group of teachers (n = 50) completed two surveys of beliefs and practices. Repeated measures Multivariate Analyses of Variance indicated that the CDA training teachers decreased the amount they endorsed beliefs and practices that contrast with Developmentally Appropriate Practice over time more than the comparison teachers. Results suggest that CDA training can be an effective means of increasing the developmentally appropriateness of beliefs and self-reported practices of early childhood teachers, which past research suggests will ultimately impact classroom quality.
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Beliefs, Teaching Methods, Child Development, Training, Developmentally Appropriate Practices, Outcomes of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education; Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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