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Gastaldi, Francesca Giovanna Maria; Longobardi, Claudio; Pasta, Tiziana; Prino, Laura Elvira – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
Playing is essential for the development of higher psychological functions. The purpose of this study is to demonstrate that playing constitutes an essential step in children's socio-cognitive development by describing playtime as the indicator of the gradual overcoming of self-centred thinking, with a view to acquiring new social adjustment…
Descriptors: Preschool Children, Play, Nursery Schools, Imitation
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Monti, Fiorella; Farné, Roberto; Crudeli, Fabiola; Agostini, Francesca; Minelli, Marianna; Ceciliani, Andrea – Early Child Development and Care, 2019
This study aimed to investigate the influence of Outdoor Education (OE) on different areas of development in 1-3-year-old children attending Italian nursery schools. The sample was composed of 160 children (1-3-year-old) divided into a first group (Traditional), with 76 children attending nursery schools with traditional educational activities;…
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Child Development, Comparative Analysis, Preschools
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Vezzani, Agnese – European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 2019
Generally, all schools state that they are children-focused, but this aim is most visible in communication if children have autonomy and freedom of expression. The purpose of this article is twofold: first, to describe some features of conversations' in early childhood education, and, second, to investigate the conditions in which pupils are more…
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Verbal Communication, Learner Engagement, Student Participation