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ERIC Number: ED406015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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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)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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