ERIC Number: ED049818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
Reference Count: 0
A Developmental Learning Approach to Infant Care in a Group Setting.
This conference paper highlights one infant education project as a successful example of a general, pervasive approach to stimulation in a group setting. The Ontario Institute and the Canadian Mothercraft Society have completed the first year of their 3-year day care demonstration project for advantaged and disadvantaged infants from 3 to 30 months of age. The program had been designed to facilitate infants' cognitive, personality, and social development through personalized adult-child interaction, guided learning situations, free play and specialized care. Infants in the program made significant gains over the first year in mental, social, and language development, especially for younger versus older infants compared with exclusively home-reared controls. Measures of caretaker and parent functioning also showed generally positive results. It is suggested that involvement, enthusiasm, and coordination of parent care and teaching activities were especially influential in the project's success. The importance of warm, sensitive relations with babies in both teaching and nonteaching situations is emphasized. The magnitude of gains for both advantaged and disadvantaged children suggests a range of potential greater than usually realized. See also PS 004 517 and ED 041 632. (WY)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Note: Paper presented at the Merrill-Palmer Conference on Research and Teaching of Infant Development, Detroit, Michigan, February 11-13, 1971