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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