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ERIC Number: EJ1103801
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1387-1579
Early Childhood Directors as Socializers of Emotional Climate
Zinsser, Katherine M.; Denham, Susanne A.; Curby, Timothy W.; Chazan-Cohen, Rachel
Learning Environments Research, v19 n2 p267-290 Jul 2016
Early childhood centres are vibrant social communities where child and adult emotions are integral to learning. Previous research has focused on teaching practices that support children's social-emotional learning; fewer studies have attended to relevant centre-level factors, such as the emotional leadership practices of the centre director. The present study qualitatively explored the role of directors in cultivating climates supportive of social-emotional teaching and learning. Program administrators (N = 12) were interviewed to inform a model of Positive Early Emotional Leadership. Findings indicate that administrators believe that they play a vital role in creating and maintaining positive centre emotional climates. Moreover, the ways in which directors influence the climate of the centre resemble the emotion socialization processes identified previously in parenting and teaching literatures. These findings connect developmental theory to educational practice, highlighting the potential connections among centre directors' leadership practices, teachers' emotional experiences at work, and children's social and emotional learning.
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Language: English
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