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ERIC Number: EJ813815
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Understanding Infants: Characteristics of Early Childhood Practitioners' Interpretations of Infants and Their Behaviours
Degotardi, Sheila; Davis, Belinda
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v28 n3 p221-234 Oct 2008
This research explored the nature of early childhood practitioners' interpretations of infants in their programs on the basis that such interpretations guide practitioner-infant interactions and curriculum decision-making processes. Twenty-four infant practitioners were asked to describe a nominated infant in their program and to interpret video extracts of that infant's behaviour in the contexts of toy play and a nappy-change routine. Constant comparison techniques were employed to develop a model representing the theoretical properties of the ideas and explanations contained within their interpretive statements, and to identify main areas of individual or contextual variation. The findings extend current understandings of the psychological context of early childhood infant programs and provide a foundation for future investigations of the implications of infant practitioner interpretations for their professional teaching and caregiving practices. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia