Promising Approaches to Professional Development for Early Childhood Educators

Authored by: Douglas R. Powell , Karen E. Diamond , Mary K. Cockburn

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415884341
eBook ISBN: 9780203841198
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897023


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Currently there is considerable interest in professional development (PD) for in-service teachers as a tool for strengthening the impact of early childhood classrooms on children’s learning and development. PD is a central feature of recent policy and programmatic initiatives aimed at improving the effects of programs for young children across a range of early childhood sectors, including child care, state-supported prekindergarten, and Head Start (Martinez-Beck & Zaslow, 2006). The view of PD as the pathway to better student outcomes is not limited to the early childhood period. Increasingly, education reform is synonymous with teachers’ professional development (Sykes, 1996).

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