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ERIC Number: EJ1217468
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Mar
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Interactions between Children and Their Early Childhood Educators: The Effect of Cultural Match on Communication
Webb, Gwendalyn; Williams, Cori
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v44 n1 p48-62 Mar 2019
This paper describes the findings of research into children's interactions with educators who were of the same or different culture from that of the children. The research investigated the effect of cultural context on the children's communication and the quality of their interactions in one mainstream early childhood setting. Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal educators were video-recorded interacting with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in an early childhood education and care setting. The interactions between the children and their educators were categorised according to whether the culture of the educator matched that of the child (cultural match), or not (cultural non-match). The interactions were transcribed and the children's communication analysed across a variety of linguistic measures. Results indicated that the children's communication with their educators differed in qualitative but not quantitative measures in response to cultural match. These findings support the need for further research in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia