Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A study of child development alumni perceptions of the quality of professional preparation for employment in low socio-economic child care settings
by Garner, Sara, Ed.D., University of Missouri - Columbia, 2010, 135; 3488923
Abstract (Summary)

The first purpose of this mixed method study was to contribute to the information base for future curriculum development regarding a low income practicum study for two-year and four-year child development majors attending a Midwest University. This study also determined turnover rate in child care centers. Prior studies attribute: lack of teacher preparation during pre-service education, low compensation of early childhood teachers, and lack of diverse faculty offerings during college as reasons given for providers leaving child care in less than one year. This study used survey data collected from 54 alumni. Personal interviews gathered data of perceptions from alumni about their college training and job tenure. Findings from this study do not suggest that high turnover rate in the workplace is related to a lack of a purposeful planned low income practicum study before graduation as this researcher seeks.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Roberts, Ruth Ann
School: University of Missouri - Columbia
School Location: United States -- Missouri
Source: DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Home economics education, Early childhood education, Teacher education
Keywords: Child care, Employment, Income, Low, Low income, Practicum, Socioeconomic
Publication Number: 3488923
ISBN: 9781267057679
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