Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The effect of public postings on early childhood care providers' behavior in an infant room
by Wosmek, Jennifer A. D., Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2008, 94; 3349944
Abstract (Summary)

This study used a multiple-baseline design across two time periods to evaluate the effects of public posting on the quality of infant care in an early childhood program. The participants were 4 female caregivers. During baseline, a preexisting posted schedule of play activities was posted. During intervention, a new posting program was implemented that consisted of activity cards, an activity sheet, a caregiver rotation schedule, and caregiver instructions. Increased compliance with play area protocol (e.g., compliance with posted activity, toy rotation) and increased caregiver verbal and physical contact with infants was observed. The changes were largely maintained during follow-up. These findings (a) demonstrate that public posting can improve caregivers' compliance with play area protocol and their rates of contact with infants, (b) contribute to the literature on the usefulness of public postings as a means of improving staff performance, and (c) support the "zone" approach to classroom organization.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Morris, Edward K.
Commitee: Dozier, Claudia L., Horn, Eva, Marotz, Lynn R., White, Glen W.
School: University of Kansas
Department: Applied Behavioral Science
School Location: United States -- Kansas
Source: DAI-B 70/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Developmental psychology
Keywords: Caregivers, Early childhood, Infant care, Play, Public posting, Room organization
Publication Number: 3349944
ISBN: 978-1-109-06303-5
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