A Needs Assessment to Explore the Professional Development of Early Childhood Practitioners with Online Resources

Souza, Bernadine
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Abstract: Early childhood educators (ECE) on the island of Kauai currently have one localized option for higher education in the field of ECE, a 2-year Associate of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Hawaii system’s Kauai Community College. The State of Hawaii’s Executive Office on Early Learning (EOEL) is looking to set the “high-quality” programming benchmark for ECE teachers at a Bachelor’s degree with specialized training in pre-kindergarten plus 15 hours of professional development training annually. Gaining access to high quality in-person professional development on Kauai is an ongoing challenge. To assess the growing need for professional development on Kauai, a needs assessment was conducted using Google forms to explore the use of online resources for professional development by early childhood practitioners on Kauai currently working with children birth to 5 years old. All participants in this needs assessment survey were primarily solicited by email to gauge the use of online modes for participation and communication within the ECE professional community. This effort resulted in 13 responses to the needs assessment survey and indicated a willingness to use online resources for professional development.
For this project, a needs assessment is used to better understand and gauge the target audience of early childhood practitioners currently working with children birth to five years old on Kauai and to gather information about the participant’s background and experiences, if that affects their familiarity of online technology resources, as well as their interest in receiving professional development using various online delivery formats.This needs assessment survey provided quantitative and qualitative data and included ten questions related to participant education, activity in professional development, and technology expertise. The information gathered from this portion of the survey was done so using Google forms.
needs assessment, professional development, early childhood
Souza, B. (2014, April 24). A needs assessment to explore the professional development of early childhood practitioners with online resources, PowerPoint presented at the TCC 2014 Online Conference.
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