ERIC Number: ED406015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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Children's Day Care Experiences: Differences by Age, Gender, and Type of Program.
Clawson, Mellisa A.
This study examined how children's experience of regulatable quality and teacher-child interaction differs between nonprofit and for-profit day care settings. Gender and age differences in children's day care experiences were also explored. Assessments of regulatable quality and teacher-child interaction were conducted in three for-profit and two nonprofit centers serving, respectively, 122 and 72 children age 36 to 71 months. Data collection included classroom observations and teacher interviews. Regulatable quality variables included teacher-child ratio, class size, and teacher qualifications. Teacher-child interaction was assessed with respect to rate, content, and affective tone. Results indicated that: (1) older children experienced day care environments of higher quality in terms of both regulatable features and teacher-child interaction; (2) boys' environments were less optimal than girls' with respect to teacher-child interaction; and (3) nonprofit centers had higher levels of regulatable quality and positive, meaningful teacher-child interactions compared to for-profit centers. (Contains 24 references.) (Author/KDFB)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Caregivers, Class Size, Comparative Analysis, Day Care, Day Care Centers, Interviews, Nonprofit Organizations, Observation, Preschool Children, Preschool Education, Sex Differences, Teacher Qualifications, Teacher Student Ratio, Teacher Student Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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