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ERIC Number: EJ1130487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
The Impact of Language Skills and Social Competence on Play Behaviour in Toddlers
Brekke Stangeland, Elisabeth
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n1 p106-121 2017
In this study, the relationship between play, language skills and social competence is explored in a sample (n = 1005) of 33-month-old toddlers in a Norwegian early childhood education setting--Barnehages--based on two observational materials ("Tras" and "Alle med"). The study has two aims: (1) to investigate whether there is a relationship between social functioning and language proficiency at an early age; and (2) to identify the unique contributions made by language skills and social competence, respectively, to toddlers' functioning in play. Toddlers with very low language-skill scores were compared with toddlers with very high scores. Each child had been assessed independently by two staff members, familiar with the child in informal situations at Barnehages, over a period of three months. It was found that there is a relationship between toddlers' functioning in play and their language proficiency, but that toddlers' functioning in play is better explained by their social competence than by their language skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Norway
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