The purpose of this study was to examine the current practices and pre-service preparation of recent graduates of North Carolina Birth-Kindergarten (B-K) teacher licensure programs related to individualizing curriculum and instruction for children. Participants were 142 individuals who graduated from B-K licensure programs in four-year institutions from 2007 to 2010. Participants completed the Birth-Kindergarten Licensure Graduates Survey, providing ratings of their perceptions of the frequency with which they engaged in specific assessment, instructional, and collaborative practices and ratings of their perceptions of their B-K preparation for each practice. Participants also provided information regarding their work settings and their familiarity with recent innovative practices and policy, such as evidence-based practice, early intervening services, and Response to Intervention. Results were analyzed through descriptive statistics and gamma correlations.
Results indicated B-K graduates report using a variety of assessment, instructional, and collaborative practices frequently. The practices participants reported using least frequently were using supplemental literacy and math curricula and collaborating with other professionals for a variety of tasks. Results also indicated that participants felt well prepared for most individualizing tasks. Participants reported being least prepared to conduct assessments for screening and to use supplemental literacy and math curricula.
Gamma correlations were calculated to examine the relationships between perceived preparation and practice for each assessment, instructional, and collaborative task. Significant relationships were found for conducting screenings, using supplemental literacy curricula, and using supplemental math curricula. This suggests individuals who felt more prepared for each of these tasks were more likely to incorporate them into their practice. Participants also reported some familiarity with the concepts of evidence-based practice, early intervening services, and Response to Intervention.
The findings of this study suggest B-K licensure programs prepare graduates well for a variety of assessment, instructional, and collaborative practices related to individualizing for children. The findings also suggest graduates frequently employ a variety of strategies to meet individual children‘s needs. However, further research is necessary to understand how early childhood educators use these strategies. Further research is also needed to determine if early childhood educators use assessment, instructional, and collaborative strategies in a systematic manner to identify and address children‘s individual needs. Limitations, future directions, and implications for practice and preparation are also discussed.
|Advisor:||Able, Harriet, Palsha, Sharon|
|Commitee:||Crais, Elizabeth, Gallagher, Kathleen, Lane, Kathleen, Ware, William B.|
|School:||The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill|
|Department:||Education: Doctorate/Master's in Education|
|School Location:||United States -- North Carolina|
|Source:||DAI-A 73/06, Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Early childhood education, Teacher education|
|Keywords:||Individualization, Preservice preparation, Response to intervention|
Copyright in each Dissertation and Thesis is retained by the author. All Rights Reserved
The supplemental file or files you are about to download were provided to ProQuest by the author as part of a
dissertation or thesis. The supplemental files are provided "AS IS" without warranty. ProQuest is not responsible for the
content, format or impact on the supplemental file(s) on our system. in some cases, the file type may be unknown or
may be a .exe file. We recommend caution as you open such files.
Copyright of the original materials contained in the supplemental file is retained by the author and your access to the
supplemental files is subject to the ProQuest Terms and Conditions of use.
Depending on the size of the file(s) you are downloading, the system may take some time to download them. Please be