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ERIC Number: EJ933040
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1350-293X
Sharing Attention and Activities among Toddlers: The Spatial Dimension of the Setting and the Educator's Role
Musatti, Tullia; Mayer, Susanna
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v19 n2 p207-221 2011
The study proposes an analysis of the processes through which the material and symbolic features of the setting and the activities of the educators interact to determine the children's experience in an early educational centre. This analysis is of particular interest with regard to both educational practice and understanding developmental processes during children's second year of life. During this period, important changes occur in children's interaction with the environment in its physical and social components, on the basis of their cognitive development as well as of their acquired capacity to independent locomotion. Two examples will be presented that illustrate how the educators' activities and the spatial arrangement of the setting combine and interact with toddlers' recently acquired independent locomotion in sustaining their cognitive engagement and social encounters during their daily routine in an educational centre. The discussion of the examples opens new perspectives for understanding early sociality in a group situation and for innovating educational practices. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Italy