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La Paro, Karen M.; Van Schagen, Amy; King, Elizabeth; Lippard, Christine – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2018
High quality early childhood teachers have a wealth of knowledge and use a range of skills in their daily classroom practices, and research has consistently demonstrated the positive influence effective early childhood teachers have on children's development and long-term outcomes. Given the importance of practicum experiences in the development…
Descriptors: Interprofessional Relationship, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Teachers, Child Development
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Van Schagen Johnson, Amy; La Paro, Karen M.; Crosby, Danielle A. – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
The current study explored early practicum experiences (those occurring before student teaching) in an early childhood birth to kindergarten teacher education program. Undergraduates enrolled in practicum courses completed questionnaires about their overall practicum experience including: socio-emotional components (their perceived fit with their…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Early Childhood Education, Student Teacher Attitudes
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Sumrall, Teressa C.; Scott-Little, Catherine; La Paro, Karen M.; Pianta, Robert C.; Burchinal, Margaret; Hamre, Bridget; Downer, Jason; Howes, Carollee – Early Childhood Education Journal, 2017
Early childhood teacher preparation programs play a critical role in preparing teachers to work with young children, yet the field knows relatively little about how these programs carry out this important function. The culminating classroom-based experience, generally termed "student teaching," is an important component in teacher…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Teacher Education Programs, Teaching Methods, Student Teaching