ERIC Number: ED068883
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Sep
Reference Count: 0
A Longitudinal Study of the Social Development of Three-and Four-Year-Old Children in a Preschool Program.
Boger, Robert P.; Cunningham, Jo Lynn
An extensive longitudinal research effort conducted through the Early Childhood Research Center at Michigan State University focused on understanding the forces leading to positive social and emotional development during the preschool years. Because of the rather limited base which was available from other studies for launching such an effort, major attention was devoted within the project to the development of research strategies, particularly instrumentation and analytic techniques which were thought to be appropriate to the dimensions of interest. The two major project phases plus a one-year pilot study each involved thirty-two three-and-four-year-old children divided between two preschool classes, each of which was stratified with respect to three demographic variables. An extensive battery of measures was used for collection of data for this project. Differences in behavior were found and attributed to differences in the teachers' approaches in setting up activities and in initiating and guiding the children's choices of play. (Author/BW)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC. Community Action Program.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing.
Note: Paper presented at the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, Hawaii, September 2-8, 1972