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ERIC Number: EJ776599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Gossip-Free Zones: Problem Solving to Prevent Power Struggles
Bruno, Holly
Young Children, v62 n5 p26-27, 29-33 Sep 2007
Gossiping staff in early childhood programs models destructive behavior and harms families' trust in the professionalism of the program. Bruno identifies some of the causes and motives for gossip and examines its occurrence in early care and education settings. She offers step-by-step strategies to help supervisors set and enact policies that create gossip-free zones; she suggests gossip-stopping lines for peers. The article includes case studies, a five-step process for staff accountability, an agreement for staff to sign, and a peer conflict-resolution process.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers; Administrators
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A