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ERIC Number: EJ819346
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 45
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Enhancing Development and Learning through Teacher-Child Relationships
Gallagher, Kathleen Cranley; Mayer, Kelley
Young Children, v63 n6 p80-87 Nov 2008
How to be in a relationship may be the most important "skill" children ever learn. While many teachers acknowledge their importance in helping children learn early academic and social skills, they sometimes underestimate the value of their personal relationships with children as supports for children's healthy development and learning. This article reviews research on relationships between young children (birth to age 8) and their teachers, with the goal of offering research-proven strategies teachers can use to develop and sustain high-quality relationships with children at each stage of early childhood. This article considers the unique qualities and influences of teacher-child relationships for infants and toddlers, preschoolers, and primary-age children and provides ideas for how teachers can reflect on and enhance relationships in their daily classroom routines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A