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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|
|Degree Granting Institution:||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|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.
|Rights Information:||Copyright 1992 Thompson, Debra Sue|
|Date Available in IDEALS:||2011-05-07|
|Identifier in Online Catalog:||AAI9236608|