Effectiveness of child protection training for pre-service early childhood educators

Bronagh McKee, Karola Dillenburger

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    International evidence confirms that early childhood educators can enter professional practice unprepared for child protection due to inadequate pre-service preparation. This paper makes an original contribution by using the Child Protection Questionnaire for Educators (CPQE) to examine the pre- and post- intervention child maltreatment and protection knowledge of early childhood and primary teaching students. While students’ knowledge increases significantly after participating in a child protection training programme, Pastoral Pathways, as part of their undergraduate study, post-intervention scores vary between groups. The study provides evidence of programme effectiveness and future training needs of pre-service educators. Findings are relevant to teacher educators and child care training providers in relation to programme content development and evidencing knowledge and skills acquisition.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)348-359
    JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
    Publication statusEarly online date - 19 May 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Education


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