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Title:Professional development through the study of children's interests: the use of collaborative inquiry and documentation protocol among early childhood teachers
Author(s):Yu, Geralyn
Director of Research:Johnston-Parsons, Marilyn A.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Johnston-Parsons, Marilyn A.
Doctoral Committee Member(s):Bresler, Liora; Noffke, Susan E.; Kennedy, Devorah
Department / Program:Curriculum and Instruction
Discipline:Curriculum and Instruction
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):studying children's interests
documentation protocol
early childhood education
collaborative professional development
collaborative inquiry
Action Research
Abstract:This dissertation investigated how a group of early childhood teachers and I, as a facilitator, collaboratively studied the interests of children enrolled in a government supported childcare facility. In this study, we explored the use of documentation protocol for incorporating children’s interests in early childhood curriculum planning. In addition, the documentation protocol strategies were used to enhance our professional growth as teachers and facilitator. While there is extensive writings on different forms of curriculum that focus on children’s interests (Beane, 1997; Cremin, 1961; Dewey, 1900; Katz, 1999), there is little research on the processes teachers might use to study these interests (Birbili & Tsitouridou, 2008; Gestwicki, 2010). Two documentation protocols influenced our approach towards studying children’s interests, descriptive review and the documentation practices of the Reggio Emilia preschools. Both of these approaches employ educational inquiry methodologies that involve studying children’s learning capabilities, growth, and interests. Self-study and action research methodologies were employed to investigate our praxis of studying children’s interests. I used self-study to examine my own practices and reflections as the facilitator of collaborative weekly team meetings. I used action research to investigate how the teachers and I, as facilitator, collaboratively studied documentation collected from classrooms that represented children’s interests. The findings from this study suggest that collaborative projects that deal with collection of documentation, reflection on real classroom experiences, and joint curriculum planning allow for genuine problem solving in a socially constructed format.
Issue Date:2012-09-18
Rights Information:Copyright 2012 Geralyn Schroeder Yu
Date Available in IDEALS:2012-09-18
Date Deposited:2012-08

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