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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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Zarrella, Immacolata; Lonigro, Antonia; Perrella, Raffaella; Caviglia, Giorgio; Laghi, Fiorenzo – Early Child Development and Care, 2018
The present research explored the relation between socio-cognitive skills, as Theory of Mind and affective empathy, social behaviour, attachment style and scholastic success in children, aged from 8 to 11 years (N = 159; 90 females, 69 males; M[subscript age] = 9,60; DS = 0.78). Several assessment tools were administered to children on mentalizing…
Descriptors: Social Behavior, Empathy, Child Development, Academic Achievement
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Campbell-Barr, Verity – Early Child Development and Care, 2017
The early childhood workforce is routinely demonstrated as being central to the quality of early childhood education and care (ECEC). Frequently, discussions of quality focus on structural features of training, such as level and duration. However, the literature demonstrates that quality extends beyond the structural and that early childhood…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Quality, Early Childhood Education, Teacher Attitudes
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Venturelli, Elena; Cigala, Ada – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
This study focuses on the everyday morning microtransition in childcare centres that involves child-parent separation. This moment involves the contemporary presence of the child, caregiver and parent in the day-care centre. This coexistence is considered extremely relevant and full of important meanings for the interactive patterns they will…
Descriptors: Child Care, Child Care Centers, Educational Environment, Interaction
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Longobardi, Emiddia; Spataro, Pietro; Frigerio, Alessandra; Rescorla, Leslie – Early Child Development and Care, 2016
The present study examined the relation between language and social ability in a sample of 268 preschoolers aged 18-35 months. Expressive language was assessed with the Italian adaptation of the Language Development Survey (LDS), and Social Competence was assessed with the Questionnaire on Peer Interactions in the Kindergarten (QPI). Results…
Descriptors: Toddlers, Child Language, Linguistic Competence, Interpersonal Competence
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Esposito, Gianluca; Nakazawa, Jun; Ogawa, Shota; Stival, Rita; Putnick, Diane L.; Bornstein, Marc H. – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Adult-infant interactions operate simultaneously across multiple domains and at multiple levels -- from physiology to behaviour. Unpackaging and understanding them, therefore, involve analysis of multiple data streams. In this study, we tested physiological responses and cognitive preferences for infant and adult faces in adult females and males.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Infants, Emotional Response, Adults
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Georgeson, Jan; Campbell-Barr, Verity; Bakosi, Éva; Nemes, Magdolna; Pálfi, Sándor; Sorzio, Paolo – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Increasing interest in the provision of early childhood education and care services as a social investment strategy has been accompanied by worldwide concerns to identify appropriate pedagogical practices for working with young children. Here, we trace the developing interest in child-centred approaches, before considering whether there can be…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Educational Practices, Global Approach, Student Centered Curriculum
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Cigala, Ada; Mori, Arianna; Fangareggi, Francesca – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
Perspective taking, defined as the ability to assume another's perspective, can be considered a multidimensional construct which is composed of three different components: cognitive, visual and affective. This study wanted to verify the possibility of promoting perspective taking in preschoolers using ecological training. The maintenance of…
Descriptors: Prosocial Behavior, Perspective Taking, Preschool Children, Control Groups
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Baker, Fiona S. – Early Child Development and Care, 2015
This article discusses a teacher educator's reflections on her participation in an international study group and visits to the infant-toddler and pre-schools of Reggio Emilia, Italy, as inspiration for early childhood teacher education in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The following five themes are reflected on, for teacher education in the context of Abu Dhabi:…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Educators, Teacher Participation, Infants
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Tsangaridou, Niki; Zachopoulou, Evridiki; Liukkonen, Jarmo; Gråstén, Arto; Kokkonen, Marja – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in children's social skills after their participation in a physical education programme named ESPEC ("Early Steps" Physical Education Curriculum). The evaluators of the children's social skills were the trained educators who implemented the curriculum as well as parents of the…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Competence, Physical Education, Units of Study, Preschool Children
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Cigala, Ada; Venturelli, Elena; Fruggeri, Laura – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
Microtransitions can be identified as those exchanges that occur during everyday life when family members negotiate a change in their interactions. This study aims to highlight how certain aspects of family functioning during microtransitions could influence the development of children's socio-emotional competence in their interactions with peers.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preschool Children, Family Environment, Child Development
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Cameron, Catherine Ann; Pinto, Giuliana; Hancock, Roger; Tapanya, Sombat – Early Child Development and Care, 2014
Fathers' interactions with their young children are understudied. Variations between families in the masculine nurturance of toddlers can be expected, depending on personal characteristics, gender, family structures, and cultural contexts in which they are situated. This is a qualitative study, focusing on probing the nature of the exchanges…
Descriptors: Females, Foreign Countries, Fathers, Grandparents
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Pinto, Giuliana; Accorti Gamannossi, Beatrice; Cameron, Catherine Ann – Early Child Development and Care, 2011
The cultural components of drawing allow one to consider it a symbolic form of cultural communication. The behavioural and cognitive mechanisms involved in the cultural transmission of symbolic communications are situated in an environment embedded in cultural-historical features that should be taken into account, as they give rise to variations…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Cultural Differences, Freehand Drawing, Young Children
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Esposito, Gianluca; Venuti, Paola – Early Child Development and Care, 2010
Episodes of crying with higher fundamental frequency (f0) are perceived as more aversive and distressful than lower frequency cries. Besides, previous studies have speculated that in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) higher f0 may account for evoking mental states of uneasiness in the caregiver. Moreover no evidence on developmental…
Descriptors: Autism, Caregivers, Crying, Acoustics
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