The Early Care and Education Teaching Workforce at the Fulcrum: An Agenda for Reform / Edition 1

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In this important new book, Sharon Lynn Kagan and her colleagues focus on the nearly 5 million individuals who have the responsibility of caring for and educating nearly two-thirds of the American children under age 5 who spend time in nonparental care. Providing the most thorough synthesis of current research on the early care and education teaching workforce to date, the authors address frequently asked questions about teacher quality, teacher effectiveness, and the professional development necessary to achieve both and call for a series of bold changes that would transform the early care and education workforce. Featuring the voices of teachers, parents, and policymakers, vignettes help us understand the various layers involved in early care and education.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807748275
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2007
  • Series: Early Childhood Education Series, #111
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface     ix
The ECE Teaching Workforce: Today and Tomorrow     1
Today's Workforce Matters     3
Terminology Matters     4
Teachers Matter     5
Challenges Matter     6
Specific Challenges: Making the Case for Revisiting the ECE Workforce     10
Conclusion     12
Tomorrow's Workforce Matters     14
Vision     14
A Codified Knowledge Base     15
Political and Public Will     17
A Social Strategy     18
Conclusion     19
The Knowledge Base: The Contemporary ECE Teaching Workforce     21
A Portrait of the ECE Teaching Workforce     23
Personal Characteristics     23
Professional Development and Experience     25
Stability     31
Compensation     34
Professional Affiliations     37
Work Environment     38
Conclusion     39
ECE Teacher Quality and Effectiveness     41
Personal Characteristics     42
Professional Development and Experience     44
Stability     52
Compensation     53
Professional Affiliations     54
Work Environment     55
Conclusion     58
Systemic Challenges Facing the ECE Teaching Workforce     60
The ECE Non-System: Multiple Policies and Programs with Inadequate Infrastructure     60
ECE as an Incomplete Market     67
Conclusion     71
The Political and Public Will: What Is Currently Being Done?     73
Tier One: Targeted Efforts     77
Efforts to Improve Professional Development     77
Efforts to Increase Compensation     95
Efforts to Improve Work Environments     98
Conclusion     101
Tier Two: Integrated Efforts     102
Compensation and Rewards Linked with Increased Professional Development     102
Efforts Specific to Program Types     106
Unionization     110
Collective Management and Shared Services     111
Conclusion     113
Tier Three: Systems and Systemic Efforts     114
Professional Development Systems     114
Program Quality Improvement Efforts     118
Public/Parental Information About ECE Quality     121
Comprehensive Funding Efforts     123
Conclusion     128
A Social Strategy: What Should Be Done?     129
Recommendations for Reform of the ECE Teaching Workforce     131
Strategies for Strengthening the Knowledge Base     131
Strategies for Enhancing Political and Public Will     136
Strategies That Directly Impact the ECE Teaching Workforce     138
Conclusion     146
References     147
About the Authors     165
Index     167
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