Daily Dilemmas: Coping with Challenges [Video and Guide]
Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock, Ball State University
Part of a series of 16 broadcasts, this videotape is designed to teach child day care workers how to handle daily dilemmas commonly faced in day care settings. It profiles common problems and then provides possible solutions. Behavioral problems addressed include: (1) biting; (2) naptime difficulties; (3) transition time problems; (4) washing and toileting challenges; (5) arrival problems; and (6) departure difficulties. Ways to arrange the classroom environment to encourage positive behavior are discussed, and actual child care providers recommend their own strategies for behavior management.
Christi Szakaly-Meredith, Resa Matlock, Ball State University. Daily Dilemmas: Coping with Challenges [Video and Guide] (1995). Ball State University: Muncie, IN.
Sponsoring Agency: Ball State University
Reading Level: Average
Formats Available: Printed Material, Videotape
(The accompanying print guide is titled "Reflections on Practice: A Companion Guide to Indiana's Child Care Collection" - contact producer regarding price )
Ball State University
The Child Care Collection
c/o Christi Szakaly-Meredith
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Phone: (877) 550-4455Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fax: (765) 285-4045
Languages Available: English, Spanish
Intended User Audience:
Early childhood care and education professionals can use this material, including child care providers, preschool personnel, K-3rd grade teachers, preservice students in ECE, ECSE, and those working toward CDA (Child Development Associate) certification.
Two co-directors oversee development of the videos in this collection. Both have backgrounds in early childhood education and one of the co-directors is bilingual in Spanish and English. Each video is developed using a multi-step process. First, state level personnel decide on the content areas for new videos (once each year). Second, a team of experts is gathered representing higher education faculty (mostly in-state), state personnel, child care providers from home and center-based settings, and other disciplines as needed for specific topics (e.g., physical therapist). Based on input from the team, a script is developed. Then in-state sites are chosen for filming. A production crew and members of the expert team as well as state level personnel often accompany staff to the sites. Edits to the scripts and video segments are done as a group. The process takes approximately six months to complete.
While the cultural and linguistic diversity portrayed in each video is primarily European-American and English-speaking, an effort is made to film at sites representing diversity in both children and staff (e.g., home child care, preschool center in the inner city, university lab schools).
As noted above, informal evaluation is done during the development of each video. The team reviews the script and footage in an ongoing manner. There are plans for focus groups and surveys to collect data concerning the effectiveness of the videos (presentation and content). The complete set of videos (N =23) are also used as part of CDA certification in Indiana.
As of December 1999, over 1,000 copies of Daily Dilemmas: Coping with Challenges had been distributed throughout the United States.
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