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Title:The relationship between the amount of training and education of teachers of three to five-year-old children and attitudes and quality of the child care environment
Author(s):Thompson, Debra Sue
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Katz, Lilian G.
Department / Program:Education
Discipline:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Education, Early Childhood
Education, Teacher Training
Abstract:The purpose of this study was to illuminate one dimension of child care quality by examining whether the teacher's attitudes and the quality of the child care environment are related to the amount of training and education of the teacher. Specifically, the intent was to examine how the training and education of teachers and caregivers of three to five year old children relate to their attitudes toward teaching in the classroom and children, and specific aspects of the quality of the child care environment.
The hypotheses tested in this study included the following: (a) the amount of previous training and education of teachers of three to five year old children is related to attitudes toward teaching and children, (b) the amount of previous training and education of teachers of three to five year old children is related to the quality of the child care environment, (c) there are relationships between the attitudes of teachers of three to five year old children and the quality of the child care environment, and (d) there are relationships between the amount of previous training and education of teachers of three to five year old children and their attitudes and quality of the child care environment.
The data collection procedures for this study included a classroom observation using the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) (Harms & Clifford, 1980), a structured teacher interview using a self-made questionnaire called the Structured Teacher Interview Questionnaire (STIQ), and a teacher questionnaire on attitudes called the Minnesota Teacher Attitude Inventory (MTAI) (Cook et al., 1951). Data analysis included the use of SASS frequency distributions, cross-tabulations, Pearson correlation coefficients, partial correlation coefficients, chi-squares, histograms, scatterplots, analysis of variance, and analysis of covariance.
The research results did not support the first and second hypotheses and partially supported the third and fourth hypotheses.
A comparison of three subgroups comprising 85% of the entire sample was developed in order to delineate specific characteristics and create profiles for each group.
Issue Date:1992
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/22915
Rights Information:Copyright 1992 Thompson, Debra Sue
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9236608
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9236608


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