Revista brasileira de crescimento e desenvolvimento humano
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MAGALHAES, Celina Maria Colino; COSTA, Lígia Negrão and CAVALCANTE, Lília Iêda Chaves. The perception of shelter care educators: their work and the institutionalized child. Rev. bras. crescimento desenvolv. hum. [online]. 2011, vol.21, n.3, pp. 818-831. ISSN 0104-1282.
The aim of this article is to study the perception of shelter care educators regarding the work performed by them as well as their effect on the institutionalized children under their care. Questionnaires were administered to 102 educators working in the largest shelter care facility in Belem during the period from 2004 to 2006. The results indicated that in the educator's view, in general service was satisfactory, and whereas basic physical needs were being met, provisions for affective and intellectual growth were not adequate. In particular, children in these facilities had little privacy, nor were they afforded sufficient individual attention. Furthermore, the educator's work appeared to exert minimal influence on the children's cognitive and emotional development. Such information may be useful for formulating more effective pedagogical policies, emphasizing a more integrated link between child care and education.
Keywords : children; child care.