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McInnes, Karen; Elpidoforou, Marina-Eleni – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
The play needs of under threes is an under-researched area. In this study, 100 parents and carers were surveyed regarding their visit to a children's museum with a child under three. Using a play taxonomy and observation schedule devised for the study, 50 toddlers were also observed playing with the museum exhibits. The findings showed that whilst…
Descriptors: Museums, Play, Toddlers, Observation
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Gyöngy, Kinga – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Content analysis of a large-scale (N = 920) qualitative data set with MAXQDA12 from a nationwide questionnaire of nursery practitioners in Hungary was able to demonstrate various types of rules during free play: social, health and safety, and environment-related rules. Environment-related rules, which govern space utilisation in toddler groups,…
Descriptors: Play, Caregiver Training, Child Caregivers, Qualitative Research
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Slutsky, Ruslan; DeShetler, Lori M. – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Technology is a prominent way that young children choose to play. With new advents in technology, children are finding it easier to gain access to technology through parents' cell phones and tablets. The influx of technology in the daily lives of children is putting into question whether or not children are spending too much time engaging in such…
Descriptors: Play, Information Technology, Preschool Children, Mixed Methods Research
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Soydan, Sema Büyüktaskapu; Alakoç pirpir, Devlet; Azak, Hayriye – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
The main purpose of this study is to identify the predictive power of the following variables for physical and relational aggression level of children: cartoon preferences of children, parental attitudes and teacher-student relationship. Study group consisted of 300 preschool children their mothers and 18 preschool teachers. The results showed a…
Descriptors: Aggression, Play, Predictor Variables, Teacher Student Relationship
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Palaiologou, Ioanna – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Since the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) in England in 2008, assessment of children has taken a formal and standardized measurable approach. Such an approach goes against most findings of play-oriented research. Thus, the project reported here employed participatory action research with practitioners in order to identify…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Play, Early Childhood Education, Action Research
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LaForett, Doré R.; Mendez, Julia L. – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
This study examined associations between parents' developmentally appropriate beliefs about young children's play and responsive parenting. Low-income parents and their children enrolled in Head Start programmes (n = 231) in the United States participated in the study. Responsive parenting skills (characterized by high levels of warmth and…
Descriptors: Beliefs, Play, Preschool Children, Mother Attitudes
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Suggate, Sebastian; Stoeger, Heidrun; Pufke, Eva – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Children's fine motor skills (FMS) are being increasingly recognized as an important aspect of preschool development; yet, we know very little about the experiences that foster their development. We utilized a parent-administered children's fine and gross motor activities questionnaire (MAQ) to investigate links with FMS. We recruited a sample of…
Descriptors: Play, Psychomotor Skills, Parents, Questionnaires
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Wang, Zhenlin; Wong, Richard Kwok Shing; Wong, Paul Yau Ho; Ho, Fuk Chuen; Cheng, Doris Pui Wah – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
The study seeks to understand the relation between preschool children's mode of participation and negotiation strategies during play and their theory of mind (ToM) development in the Hong Kong context. Forty-two 5-year-old children were recruited. Their emotional and cognitive ToMs were assessed along with expressive language ability. Children's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Play, Theory of Mind
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Bigras, Nathalie; Lemay, Lise; Bouchard, Caroline; Eryasa, Joell – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
This paper aims to describe the quality of play as offered by early childhood educators working with four-year-olds within an educational childcare service. It also aims to identify the correlation between the quality of play support and a child's cognitive, language and socio-emotional development. Finally, it focuses on the factors associated…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Child Care, Child Care Centers, Educational Quality
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Missall, Kristen N.; Hojnoski, Robin L.; Moreano, Ginna – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
Variability in children's early-learning home environments points to the need to better understand specific mechanisms of early mathematical development. We used a sample of 66 parent-preschool child dyads to describe parent-reported mathematical activities in the home and observed parent-child mathematical activities in a semi-structured play…
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Parent Child Relationship, Preschool Children, Mathematics Activities
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Jiang, Shan; Han, Myae – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The current study surveyed parental play beliefs among the three groups of parents: the mainland Chinese, Chinese immigrants in the USA, and European-Americans. Limited comparison studies on parental play beliefs were previously reported for these three populations in the literature. Two measures, the Chinese child-rearing ideology and parental…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Parent Attitudes, Play
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Morris, Heather; Skouteris, Helen; Edwards, Susan; Rutherford, Leonie Margaret; Cutter-Mackenzie, Amy; O'Connor, Amanda; Mantilla, Ana; Huang, Terry TK; Lording, Kate Marion; Williams-Smith, Janet – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
We sought to evaluate the feasibility of conducting a randomized trial to evaluate the efficacy of a preschool/kindergarten curriculum intervention designed to increase 4-year-old children's knowledge of healthy eating, active play and the sustainability consequences of their food and toy choices. Ninety intervention and 65 control parent/child…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Kindergarten, Intervention, Questionnaires
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Houghton, Laura J.; O'Dwyer, Mareesa; Foweather, Lawrence; Watson, Paula; Alford, Simon; Knowles, Zoe R. – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Research has demonstrated the benefits of father involvement with their children and a link between uninvolved fatherhood and societal problems. Children's Centres (n?=?15) received 6?×?90-minute active play sessions designed to foster 6 aspects of parental engagement. Fathers' engagement and attitudes to child physical activity were measured pre-…
Descriptors: Early Intervention, Fathers, Preschool Children, Play
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Storli, Rune; Sandseter, Ellen Beate Hansen – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This paper explores teacher-reported prevalence of rough-and-tumble play (R&T) in preschool and investigates how their restriction to such play varies in different play environments (indoor and outdoor). An electronic questionnaire exploring preschool teachers' beliefs and practices regarding children's dramatic play themes was conducted by…
Descriptors: Play, Preschool Children, Environmental Influences, Questionnaires
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Broström, Stig; Sandberg, Anette; Johansson, Inge; Margetts, Kay; Nyland, Berenice; Frøkjaer, Thorleif; Kieferle, Christa; Seifert, Anja; Roth, Angela; Ugaste, Aino; Vrinioti, Kalliope – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This comparative study investigated the perspectives of preschool teachers in Australia, Denmark, Estonia, German, Greece and Sweden about learning and participation in preschool. A structured survey questionnaire investigated four main questions: What situations can be characterised as learning? What activities are important for learning? What…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Comparative Education, Comparative Analysis
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