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INSIDE A HEAD START CENTER: Developing Policies From Practice.



Deborah Deborah (dĕb`ōrə), in the Bible, prophetess and judge of Israel, the only woman to hold that office. Under her guidance Barak conquered Sisera and delivered Israel from the oppression of the Canaanite King Jabin.  Ceglowski. New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of
: Teachers College Press, 1998. 165 pp. $19.95. In this qualitative study, Ceglowski has compiled a collection of on-site on-site
adj.
Done or located at the site, as of a particular activity: on-site monitoring of a production run; an on-site film shoot.
 stories about a Head Start program. Her book consists of three sections: Part I presents the focus of the study and background information on Head Start, Part II contains the stories and anecdotes, and Part III reviews the initial research questions and suggests further research. One might also say that Ceglowski's stories provide the traditional story elements of setting, plot, characterization A rather long and fancy word for analyzing a system or process and measuring its "characteristics." For example, a Web characterization would yield the number of current sites on the Web, types of sites, annual growth, etc. , and theme, making this a very personal study. The stories provide "windows through which to view policy" in an interesting and quite readable read·a·ble  
adj.
1. Easily read; legible: a readable typeface.

2. Pleasurable or interesting to read: a readable story.
 format. If one has to read a study of education research, this is the type to choose!

Ceglowski, an Assistant Professor of early childhood education at the University of Minnesota (body, education) University of Minnesota - The home of Gopher.

http://umn.edu/.

Address: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA.
, has been involved in training programs for Head Start staff in several Midwestern states. The administrators and teachers with whom she worked complained of the increasing amount of paperwork and other requirements mandated by the federal government. Such tasks, they maintained, sometimes interfered with their delivery of Head Start services.

Ceglowski wanted to understand how staff interpret policy, because they are the ones who provide direct services to families and children. From September 1993 to May 1995 she served as a staff volunteer at the rural Wood River Head Start Program. While there, she collected stories based on the experiences of staff members, parents, and children, stories that demonstrate how policies made at the top of the hierarchy are actually interpreted and implemented on a daily basis.

Teachers, particularly those in Head Start, will readily relate to the nitty-gritty of carrying out policies made at higher levels, and may glean glean  
v. gleaned, glean·ing, gleans

v.intr.
To gather grain left behind by reapers.

v.tr.
1. To gather (grain) left behind by reapers.

2.
 insights as to why they are required to perform certain tasks. Ceglowski's anecdotes show how policies affect local delivery practices and, ultimately, program quality. Reviewed by Carolyn Kramer, Vienna Baptist Children's Center, Vienna, VA
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Author:Kramer, Carolyn
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Sep 22, 1999
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