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ERIC Number: EJ1059910
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Early Education Teachers' Conceptualizations and Strategies for Managing Closeness with the Class in Child Care
Quan-McGimpsey, Sharon; Marziliano, Sarah Carmen; Hassen, Trevor Gregory; Brown, Allison Sandra; Kuczynski, Leon
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v21 n5 p514-526 2015
This study investigated teachers' experiences of closeness during interactions with the group of children in child care. Structured interviews were conducted with 24 female teachers who were teaching children between the ages of three and five (mean age = 3.9) regarding their perceptions of closeness with the group of children in the class. Qualitative analyses of the interviews revealed a group solidarity domain of teacher-group relationships composed of three dimensions which comprise emotional solidarity, consensual solidarity, and functional solidarity, with emotional solidarity most dominant in the teachers' perceptions. This group solidarity domain was interpreted as being consistent with qualities found in Grusec and Davidov's "group participation" domain. The findings that, teachers' closeness with the group of children in the class were dominated by the emotional dimension is similar to previous research results which report the predominance of personal and intimate interactions in relational closeness between teachers and individual children. Teachers described intentional strategies for managing close group relationships that made use of interactional histories between the teachers and children in the class. These discoveries provide a new perspective on teacher closeness with groups, an area of research not often investigated. It also provides insights into the importance teachers place on connecting emotionally with children when they are with the collective group in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada