ERIC Number: ED414050
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Sma Barn Pa Daghem: En studie av personalens samspel med barn och foraldrar vid lamning, hamtning och fri lek (Infants at Day Care: A Study of Staff Interaction with Children and Their Parents during Leaving, Collecting and Free Play).
Lothigius, Anita Holmstedt
This thesis presents a picture of how staff interact with infants (age group 1-3 years old) and parents at three day care centers. The study focused on the situations of leaving and collecting the children and the children's time of free play both in and outdoors. The theoretical content has an attachment/psycho-dynamical perspective with emphasis on the works of Bowlby, Stern, and Winnicott. The day care staff were observed when the children were left, collected, and during free time play. They were also interviewed as to what they themselves believed to be their most important task in relation to the children in the above mentions situations. In analyzing the data, a qualitative approach was used. The results of the study showed that the staff have different ways of relating to the children; three patters of interaction were discerned. The interviews showed that the staff have different views and justifications of what they believe to be important in their relation to the children during leaving, collecting, and free play. They also expressed differing points of view concerning the various situations at each respective day care center. The patterns indicate that the interaction between the staff and the children provide the individual child and children as a group with varying conditions for development, dependent upon which day care center the child is in. The results were also interpreted from a qualitative viewpoint, in which the different patterns show qualitative dissimilarities in the children's day care environments. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linkoping Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Education and Psychology.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden