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ERIC Number: EJ830316
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0885-2006
Physical Interactions Involving Preschoolers and Kindergartners in a Childcare Center
Fleck, Bethany; Chavajay, Pablo
Early Childhood Research Quarterly, v24 n1 p46-54 2009
This naturalistic observational study described the similarities and differences in physical interactions involving preschoolers and kindergartners within the context of a US childcare facility. It examined patterns of touch involving the children across center and circle activities within the course of their day. Results indicated that preschoolers more often engaged in purposeful forms of physical contact than kindergartners. Of the purposeful forms of physical contact, affectionate touch occurred more frequently involving preschoolers than kindergartners. Together, these findings suggest that the extent and types of physical contact involving preschoolers and kindergartners may serve different developmental needs that are in accordance with children's ages, skills, and the emphasis placed on physical contact in the educational setting. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Kindergarten; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A