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ERIC Number: ED257580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-19
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of the Culture of an Infant/Toddler Center on Peer Play Behavior: Informant and Observational Perspectives.
Bergen, Doris; And Others
Emphasizing the possible influence of cultural factors on peer play of infants and toddlers in out-of-home settings, this study focuses on how values held by parent surrogates who design and work in group care settings may affect environmental qualities, developmental expectations, and adult and peer interactions. Specifically, cultural values and expectations held by adults who designed and worked in one infant/toddler center and the actual practices observed in videotapes of infants and toddlers at the center are explored. Findings are compared with results of three other studies conducted in the research setting, with the results of infant and toddler peer play studies reported in the literature, with responses of three other groups, and with "standardized techniques" of childrearing advocated by early childhood professionals. It is concluded that (1) informants' views are similar to those of other adults who have been enculturated by training in early childhood education but are different from the views of adults who have not had this background; (2) advocated and observed practices are congruent with results of three studies of peer play done at the center; (3) results are congruent with informants' theory of success; and (4) results are congruent with literature in the field of early childhood education. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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