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ERIC Number: EJ1087057
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1082-3301
Teacher-Child Interactions during Mealtimes: Observations of Toddlers in High Subsidy Child Care Settings
Hallam, Rena A.; Fouts, Hillary N.; Bargreen, Kaitlin N.; Perkins, Kelley
Early Childhood Education Journal, v44 n1 p51-59 Feb 2016
In the U.S., experiences of infants and toddlers in group care are often overshadowed by the policy and research focus on preschool education just prior to formal school entry. When infant-toddler care is studied, it is often described relative to the global quality of classroom environments. Little research has focused on the day-to-day experiences of very young children in routine situations and contexts in group care. The current study sought to examine the experience of a small group of toddlers (n = 11) in low-income child care centers that were deemed high quality by the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Using a focal observation technique in combination with qualitative methods, young toddlers were observed during a typical mealtime experience in their classroom. Data from this pilot study suggest that minimal teacher-child interactions occurred during observed mealtimes. Of particular concern is the low level of teacher vocalizations and responses to children during meals. Implications for policy, practice, and future research are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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