Professional development for preschool teachers: evaluating the effectiveness on literacy teaching and learning

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$120,235

Little is known regarding early educators’ beliefs about how children learn early literacy concepts and how this impacts on their literacy practices with young children. To address the deficit in the research, this project will implement and comparatively study a literacy program for preschool teachers, incorporating two different modes of professional development – face-to-face meetings and a blended approach consisting of face-to-face meetings and online learning. Pre-and post-assessment will entail a survey, interviews with teachers, classroom observations, and children’s literacy assessments. The findings of the proposed research will be of importance to scholars in the field and to early childcare institutions.