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ERIC Number: ED325242
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 10
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Maternal Teaching Behaviors and Temperament Disposition in Preschool Children.
Goble, Carla B.; And Others
The relationship between maternal teaching techniques and young children's temperament in the cases of 20 children in a university laboratory school and their mothers was investigated. McDevitt and Carey's (1978) Behavioral Style Questionnaire was used to assess children's temperament by means of mothers' reports. Teaching behaviors of interest were assessed with the Maternal Teaching Observation Technique (Laosa, 1980). Behaviors included inquiry, use of directives, negative verbal feedback, modeling, visual cues, physical affection, and positive and negative physical control. Correlational analyses revealed relationships between characteristics of children's temperament and the teaching techniques mothers used to teach the children. In comparison with others in the sample, children identified as slower to adapt had mothers who offered less praise and more negative verbal feedback. Mothers of children who were described as having a positive mood used less negative verbal feedback while teaching. Children with higher levels of distractibility had mothers who used more modeling. The lower the child's sensory threshold, the fewer the negative verbal comments by the mother and the more the visual cues by the mother. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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