Search results for: Early childhood education
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Supporting Early Childhood Preservice Teachers in Their Work With Children and Families With Complex Needs: A Strengths Approach
The purpose of this article is to examine the possibility of teacher educators using the principles of the Strengths Approach when teaching preservice teachers to enrich the preservice teachers understanding and skills in parent–educator communication across a range of children’s early development, protection, attachment, and learning needs. The findings reveal that the preservice teacher responses used for this study indicate that before learning about and practicing the Strengths Approach, the participants initially struggled in their approach to working through complex issues with families and children. However, after participating in the Strength Approach module, the participants indicated changes in their perspectives and approaches to these complex issues, coming to the point of seeing families as partners, and communicating with children and families.
Updated: Nov. 11, 2015
Preservice Teachers’ Beliefs About Childhood: Challenges for a Participatory Early Childhood Education?
The purpose of this study is to examine preservice teachers’ beliefs about childhood in an attempt to see how they may support an active, participatory role for children in early childhood education. The authors highlight three important conclusions from this research. First, preservice teachers already have a number of beliefs that explain children’s behavior, haracteristics, potentials, and needs when they enter university education. Second, beliefs about childhood vary among preservice teachers and some of their beliefs are related to known scientific theories about childhood or to existing typologies. Third, despite this variation, there are specific ontological and epistemological presuppositions underlying these beliefs that construct a framework theory for understanding childhood.
Updated: Nov. 04, 2015
The authors wanted to examine if participating as a cohort in an early childhood graduate program could facilitate the exploration, analysis, and reconstruction of teachers’ beliefs and practices of five teachers. The findings revealed that the participants continue their professional journey by attending workshops and seminars that focus on developmentally appropriate practices. Although the authors acted as facilitators in the early childhood graduate program, the participants created their own community of practice that continues to serve as a support system in which deep reflection and application occur. The authors suggest that the process undertaken by these early childhood teachers is a model that can be emulated by other practicing teachers. There are several recommendations that might facilitate this process.
Updated: Nov. 03, 2015
A Comparative Study of Teaching Efficacy in Pre-service and In-service Teachers in Korean Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC)
The main goal of this study was to investigate the differences between the pre-service and in-service teachers in terms of their levels of teaching efficacy and teaching professionalism. The participants were 593 teachers in Korean Early Childhood Education and Care.They were divided into two subgroups consisting of pre-service teachers and in-service teachers who had agreed to participate in the study. The results found that in-service teachers had higher scores than their counterparts in only one of the six subscales of teaching efficacy, which is the subscale “Teaching Strategies”. Furthermore, the results showed that the subject’s college major specialisation and some domains of professionalism were found to be predictive to both groups.
Updated: Nov. 02, 2015
Making Sense of a Day in the Woods: Outdoor Adventure Experiences and Early Childhood Teacher Education Students
This study examines the outdoor adventure education experiences of groups of nontraditional university students pursuing degrees and licensure in early childhood education. The findings reveal four basic themes: a) The value of perseverance, b) The necessity of collaboration, c) Overcoming Fears and D) Reflection.
Updated: Oct. 20, 2015
Teacher Identity Development in the First Year of Teacher Education: A Developmental and Social Psychological Perspective
This study had several goals to: (a) describe the associations between aspects of personal and social identity, generativity, and the development of teacher identity in first year teaching students; and (b) examine which aspects of personal and social identity, and generativity predict teacher identity after controlling for a number of relevant covariates. A further aim of the study was to discuss the theoretical and research implications of considering professional teacher identity from a developmental and social psychological perspective in light of the results from the present analysis. This study suggests that those who have a well-formed sense of personal identity are more likely to be ready to begin the process of forming a professional identity. The findings also point to the potential value of pursuing an understanding of professional teacher identity as a developmental and social psychological process.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2015
This article aims to describe a major revision process to the early childhood teacher education program at a 4-year university. The authors describe their teacher education program as it was configured 2 years ago and as it exists today after major change efforts, highlighting the purposes and desired outcomes of these changes. They have conceptualized this journey as both a revision of the program and a re-visioning process. They focus on their attempt to integrate the intentions underlying policy and standards changes into their work in preparing teachers for the full range of early childhood program auspices, as well as for any and all of the children who are enrolled in them.
Updated: Oct. 08, 2015
This article reports on an analysis of scholarship published over the last 20 years in four journals, which examined the discourse in these journals around mathematical content and instructional strategies for preservice early childhood teachers. The analysis is focusing on the U.S. context. The findings revealed that attention to the context of early childhood education was minimal, largely as a result of a dominant focus on elementary education. This focus on elementary rather than early childhood showed up in greater attention to advanced content in mathematics and in an emphasis on formal over informal instructional methods.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
Motivation for Attending Higher Education From the Perspective of Early Care and Education Professionals
The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions of early care and education professionals working in community-based child care and Head Start centers as to their educational goals; hindrances, motivations, and benefits to taking coursework/degree completion; and the impact of the early childhood coursework on his or her everyday work with children and families. The findings reveal that the majority of teachers in for profit and non-profit centers viewed the degree as a personal goal. The possibility therefore of increasing their future income and becoming more knowledgeable and marketable in their career was attractive to these teachers as motivators to go on for higher education. The directors, by contrast saw their coursework as enhancing their self-confidence and self-esteem, which in their opinion could make them a more effective director.
Updated: Oct. 07, 2015
In this article, the authors examined factors that facilitate or hinder teachers’ and teacher’s aides’ pursuit of college education. Results revealed that both structural and psychological factors are associated with teachers’ and teacher’s aides’ enrollment in college. However, the authors found that the only practical obstacles were related to enrollment were full-time employment and lack of child care for mothers of children under 14. They also found that beliefs about education and motivation were critical for enrollment as well as social support from parents. The authors suggests that colleges and universities that serve low-income working women could develop child care options for them while they are attending class.
Updated: Sep. 21, 2015