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ERIC Number: EJ1142356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1527-9316
Looping and Attachment in Early Childhood Education: How the Applications of Epigenetics Demand a Change
Nitecki, Elena
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v17 n2 p85-100 Apr 2017
Increasing focus on the quality of childcare and Pre-K is calling attention to the circumstances of childcare and impact on the child's social and emotional health, specifically in terms of attachment. The early childhood profession recognizes that consistency in caregiving is essential for the child's attachment. Looping, the practice of keeping a group of children with the same teacher for more than year, has the potential to provide that consistency that is critical for attachment. The field of epigenetics and its compelling findings concerning attachment demand a second look at looping and how it can be implemented to maintain attachment, which is critical to the child's physical, cognitive, and emotional health now and in the future. This case study, conducted at a preschool that practices looping, examines the benefits and challenges of looping through the lens of applied epigenetics.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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