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ERIC Number: ED099131
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
An Analysis of Activities in Preschool Settings. Final Report.
Berk, Laura E.
This research was aimed at an analysis of classroom activities which make up educational programs for young children. Its broad purpose was to analyze systematically and to make comparisons among six preschool programs in order to describe the patterns of activity settings used; the objectives activity settings were designed to reach from the point of view of their designers, classroom teachers; and the social behaviors of teachers and children which are shaped and molded by the requirements of settings and which have not necessarily been planned for or recognized by teachers. The six preschool settings used for the study include a Montessori nursery school, a Head Start program, two laboratory nursery school classrooms, a franchise day care center, and a community day care center. The first section of the report contains discussion of related research, a theoretical model, the six preschool classrooms, and the research procedures. The presentation of the results comprises the rest of the report. The findings are divided into three parts: a quantified picture of six classrooms in terms of activity characteristics and social interaction; an exploration of the relations between the activity and social interaction values; and an examination of the relationship of the personal characteristics of the children to activity participation and social interaction. (SDH)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Classroom Environment, Classroom Observation Techniques, Data Analysis, Day Care, Interaction Process Analysis, Literature Reviews, Models, Nursery Schools, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Social Behavior, Student Characteristics, Tables (Data), Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Univ., Normal.