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ERIC Number: ED283613
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Pages: 40
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Reference Count: 0
The Relationship of Day Care Quality to Children's Free Play Behavior and Social Problem Solving Skills.
Holloway, Susan D.; Reichhart-Erickson, Marina
A total of 55 children attending 15 day care centers and nursery schools participated in an investigation of the relationship of day care quality to 4-year-old children's activities during free play and to their knowledge of social problem solving. The study also considered the extent to which social class mediated relationships between variables. Day care quality indicators included quality of interaction with teachers, arrangement of the physical space, spaciousness of the environment, appropriateness and variety of the materials provided for play, quality of the outdoor area, group size, and child-teacher ratio. Social problem solving was assessed using a social reasoning procedure adapted from that developed by Spivack and Shure (1974). Children's answers to a social dilemma were coded using Rubin's (1981) categories of prosocial and antisocial responses. A measure of social class was formed by summing mother's and father's education and occupation levels. Relationships were found between dimensions of environmental quality and children's absorption in solitary play and knowledge of social problem solving. Most of these relationships held up after the effects of social class were statistically removed. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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