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Preparing Teachers of Young Children: The Current State of Knowledge, and a Blueprint for the Future

  • Author(s): Whitebook, Marcy;
  • Gomby, Deanna;
  • Bellm, Dan;
  • Sakai, Laura;
  • Kipnis, Fran
  • et al.
Abstract

This two-part paper examines the early care and education (ECE) and K-12 research literature in depth to assess the current state of knowledge about the effective preparation of excellent teachers, and charts a research and policy agenda for the future.

Part I: Teacher Preparation and Professional Development in Grades K-12 and in Early Care and Education: Differences and Similarities, and Implications for ResearchPart I summarizes the differences between the K-12 and the early care and education fields. We found more than enough similarities to warrant a close consideration of the combined wisdom of both fields.

Part II: Effective Teacher Preparation in Early Care and Education: Toward a Comprehensive Research AgendaPart II contains an in-depth review of our ECE and K-12 teacher preparation research and outlines what remains to be learned. It concludes with a set of key recommendations for research and policy.

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