ERIC Number: ED356074
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
The Social Interactions and Task Activities of Young Children in Mixed-age and Same-age Classrooms: An Observational Study.
This study compared the task activities and social interactions of 10 five-year-old kindergarten children in a mixed-age (MA) classroom of children age 4 through 6 to those of ten 5-year-old kindergartners in an organizationally equivalent same-age (SA) classroom. Compared to children in the SA class, kindergartners in the MA class remained engaged in their classroom activities for longer periods of time and exhibited more prosocial behavior. This study offers some empirical support for MA classes in early childhood education and suggests contexts in which cross-age interaction is most likely to be beneficial. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (New Orleans, LA, March 25-28, 1993).