Importance of Practices: A National Study of General and Special Early Childhood Educators

Academic Article


  • The purpose of this study was to determine general early childhood educators' (ECE) and early childhood special educators' (ECSE) perceptions of the importance of practices when applied to two different populations of young children-those with disabilities or those without disabilities. Of the 250 mail surveys distributed randomly to the membership of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the 250 surveys mailed to members of the Division for Early Childhood (DEC), 169 NAEYC members and 238 DEC members completed the survey resulting in a response rate of 81%. Findings revealed that few differences existed between the two professional groups' perceptions of the importance of these practices. The results of this study suggest that professionals from the two fields have more beliefs in common than different. Hopefully, by learning more about one another's perceptions of important practices, professionals representing the two groups will be able to work towards the ultimate goal of providing appropriate educational experiences for all young children.
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    Author List

  • Kilgo JL; Johnson L; Lamontagne M; Stayton V; Cook M; Cooper C
  • Start Page

  • 294
  • End Page

  • 305
  • Volume

  • 22
  • Issue

  • 4