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ERIC Number: EJ949675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Caregivers' Playfulness and Infants' Emotional Stress during Transitional Time
Jung, Jeesun
Early Child Development and Care, v181 n10 p1397-1407 2011
The purpose of this study is to explore the playfulness of the teachers of infants and its relations to infants' emotional distress during the transitional time at a child care centre. The study used a qualitative case study. Two infant caregivers in a university-based child care centre participated in this study. For the three-month research period, observations, interviews, ongoing conversations, email exchanges and field notes were used as data sources. The findings revealed that the infant caregivers' playfulness appeared in a wide range of verbal and non-verbal behaviours, gestures and expressions. Also, the caregivers' playfulness helped to alleviate infants' emotional distress and made smooth transitions to new experiences. The study suggests playfulness is a constructive way for infants to build up the relationship between infants and teachers. (Contains 2 notes.)
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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: New York