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ERIC Number: EJ802374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr-1
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Tactile Behaviour of Greek Preschool Teachers
Stamatis, Panagiotis J.; Kontakos, Anastasios Th.
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v6 n1 p185-200 Apr 2008
Introduction: The sense of touching is positively related to a number of environmental stimuli and forms an effective way of non verbal communication. More specifically, it can produce and transmit various personal experiences in the context of what we call "beneficial touching behaviours", which characterise the ongoing pedagogical process. The investigation of touching behaviour of preschool teachers, namely of their perceptions and their practical applications in the context of preschool classrooms, can generate numerous and pedagogically useful conclusions which elicit the main aspects between perceptions and proceedings as well as the constructive contribution of touching behaviour in the child's developmental communication process. Method: Gathering data by a questionnaire which focused on preschool teacher's perceptions about pedagogical dimensions of touch is the main technique of the present research in parallel with classroom observation and video-analysis. Results: The descriptive statistics provide interesting elements in a quantitative level previously about the characteristics of children and preschool teacher's touching behavior and secondly about the reasons of between them interactions. Conclusion: In spite of preschool teacher's strong beliefs that touch improves interpersonal communication skills and contributes to creation of a strong relationship between children and teachers, they unconsciously seem to avoid touch or to be touched by children.
University of Almeria, Education & Psychology I+D+i. Faculty of Psychology Department of Educational and Developmental Psychology, Carretera de Sacramento s/n, 04120 LaCanada de San Urbano, Almeria, Spain. Tel: +34-950-015354; Fax: +34-950-015083; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece