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Warren Ghana Presentation_11_18_2010

  1. 1. Implications for Early Childhood Professional Development and Teacher Education between Cape Coast University and Winston-Salem State University<br /> Dr. Kay Hamlin, Assistant Professor/Coordinator of Distance Learning<br /> Dr. Claudia Warren, Professor,<br /> Birth through Kindergarten Education<br /> Winston-Salem State University<br />
  2. 2. Welcome!<br />
  3. 3. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Education for All (EFA) goals<br /> What is early childhood? Why is there a need for highly qualified early childhood professionals?<br /> The Ghanaian Experience and Memorandum of Understanding<br /> Conclusions<br />
  4. 4. UNESCO EFA Goals<br />http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=42579&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html<br />
  5. 5. Goal one: Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children, is the goal we will address.<br />
  6. 6. What is early childhood? <br />Why the need for early childhood professionals?<br />
  7. 7. According to UNESCO’s Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) unit, early childhood is defined as “the period from birth to 8 years old.” (UNESCO, 2008)<br />
  8. 8. There is a need for highly qualified professionals who intentionally plan environments, including the home environment, that support and nurture the growth and development<br /> of young children during these years.<br />
  9. 9. Intentional teaching, which includes curriculum development based upon assessment, application, and reflection, helps to promote growth and development <br /> across all domains in young children.<br />
  10. 10. Intentional teaching lays the foundation needed to support the concept of professionally trained, highly qualified, teachers.<br />
  11. 11. Current research confirms findings that teacher qualifications significantly affect the quality of care and education provided to young children (McMullen and Alat, 2008).<br />
  12. 12. The UNESCO Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) is a new 10-year project designed to dramatically improve teacher training capacities in 46 sub-Saharan countries.<br />
  13. 13. More information regarding the TTISSA is available on the UNESCO website (http://portal.unesco.org/education/en/ev.php-URL_ID=42605&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html)<br />
  14. 14. The UNESCO TTISSA will assist in further development of teacher education programs, and will help to facilitate the cultural exchange between Ghana and the United States.<br />
  15. 15. Dialogue between the administrators of the University of Cape Coast and Winston-Salem University has begun in order to assist with the cultural exchange for early childhood teacher preparation.<br />
  16. 16. The Ghanaian Experience<br />
  17. 17. In the summer of 2010, WSSU professors and students participated in a four week study abroad program in Ghana and Benin.<br />
  18. 18. The purposes of the program were 1. To learn about the history, culture and educational systems, as well as other broad issues that impact education, and <br />
  19. 19. 2. To engage WSSU and UCC faculty for the purpose of developing a collaboration agreement in relation to early childhood education.<br />
  20. 20. In June, 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, and Winston-Salem State University, USA, was signed.<br />
  21. 21. The MOU states, in part, that . . . “[the Parties] conduct programs and activities of basic and applied research, education and training, technology and information transfer, and economic development.”<br />
  22. 22. Conclusions<br />
  23. 23. Future dialogue will inform decisions regarding teacher preparation and exchange programs<br /> Dialogue should include cultural implications for early care and education<br /> A needs assessment should be administered to inform strategies for cultural exchange<br />
  24. 24. Thank you! <br />
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