ERIC Number: EJ719350
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Reference Count: 21
Sustained Attention during Learning Activities: An Observational Study with Pre-School Children
Lopez, Florente; Menez, Marina; Hernandez-Guzman, Laura
Early Child Development and Care, v175 n2 p131-138 Feb 2005
The purpose of the present study was to analyse possible developmental trends in sustained attention through the pre-school period, as well as the influence of social and physical distractions. Three samples of children, one per each pre-school grade, were observed during learning activities required by the teacher. Children's behaviour was coded as sustained attention, and as social and non-social categories of disengagement. Sustained attention was observed to linearly increase with pre-school level, while the frequency of social interference of attention decreased. These findings are discussed within the context of studies on developmental trends of sustained attention in natural settings, the influence of social stimuli and the possible involvement of self-control abilities.
Descriptors: Developmental Stages, Social Influences, Learning Activities, Preschool Children, Attention Span, Foreign Countries, Classroom Environment, Student Behavior, Peer Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Mexico