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Beschorner, Beth; Hutchison, Amy – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2016
This study explored the impact of a parent education program and the contextual factors that influenced the experiences of families in the program. Seventeen parents completed a 9-week, face-to-face program and 15 parents completed a similar online program. This study was designed as a multiple case study and utilized multimethods for data…
Descriptors: Parent Education, Context Effect, Program Effectiveness, Online Courses
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Cheatham, Gregory A.; Ostrosky, Michaelene M. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2011
Early childhood and early childhood special education programs have a focus on parent-educator partnerships. Parent-teacher conferences are a context for these partnerships, and advice giving is one type of exchange occurring within conferences. Parent-teacher conference advice was investigated through participant interviews and the methodology of…
Descriptors: Expertise, Parent Teacher Conferences, Early Childhood Education, Partnerships in Education
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Mawson, Brent – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2011
Young children's leadership is an undertheorized and underresearched topic. Much of the research literature involves paired children working on adult-set tasks that are aimed to provide data on specific aspects of children's collaborative work. This article describes and discusses an investigation into children's leadership styles within…
Descriptors: Play, Early Childhood Education, Leadership Styles, Young Children
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Gerard, Maureen – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2005
Multiage settings are alternative educational groupings that promote complexity in young children's thinking. Grouping children across ages and grades encourages interconnectedness in social and intellectual development. This study compared the academic achievement of one group of multiage students to national norms on standardized achievement…
Descriptors: Children, National Norms, Intellectual Development, Academic Achievement
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Kewley, Lanadale – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1998
Observed four fifth-graders who collaboratively solved problems integrating concepts related to fractions and area. Compared features of learning through peer collaboration with teacher-directed learning, including whole solution versus component parts, appropriation versus scaffolding, analysis versus synthesis, conflict versus errorless…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Grade 5, Group Dynamics, Intermediate Grades
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Leonard, Jacqueline; McElroy, Keith – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 2000
Examined what one middle school teacher learned as she directed her students to complete a structural engineering task as a cooperative learning activity. Found that students were on task and collaborated to accomplish the goal, but that the teacher's decisions about how tasks were set up, carried out, and completed affected students' interactions…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Educational Practices, Group Dynamics, Interpersonal Relationship
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Pellegrini, A. D.; Perlmutter, Jane C. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1987
Describes factor analysis of preschool children's play behavior, as measured by the Smilansky-Parten play matrix. Varimax rotation solution suggests three factors: Dramatic-Constructive Play, Solitary Behavior, and Functional-Constructive Play. Study suggests that these factors represent constructs of preschoolers' play. (Author/RWB)
Descriptors: Behavior Development, Behavioral Science Research, Cognitive Development, Education
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Hilgers, Thomas L. – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1987
Suggests that first-time young collaborators are likely to struggle for control of their writing group and for control of the common text. They are ultimately likely to accept the leadership of the group member who makes best use of other member's skills. Focuses on problem-solving skills. (Author/RWB)
Descriptors: Collaborative Writing, Cooperation, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Elgas, Peggy M.; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1988
Findings suggested that: (1) peer culture is not a unitary whole but rather a differentiated social system comprised of various groups and different types of players; (2) objects play an important role in peer culture as entry vehicles and social markers; and (3) play periods are social arenas in which the dynamics of the peer culture are enacted.…
Descriptors: Classroom Research, Ethnography, Friendship, Group Dynamics
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Giles, Harriet Watkins; And Others – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1987
Focuses on the interaction patterns of child life interns, nurses, parents, and other attending adults with hospitalized children. Hospital study uses quantitative/qualitative analyses. Suggests that more attention be given to sensitizing child life interns to the importance of involving parents in socially stimulating play with their children.…
Descriptors: Adults, Group Dynamics, Hospitalized Children, Institutional Environment
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Chevalier, Marsha – Journal of Research in Childhood Education, 1998
Describes an action research project that explored whether internally negotiated group control was possible among preadolescents in school settings. Presents John Dewey's thoughts on social control. Discusses study of students' perspectives and actions concerning authority issues and social control. Describes a social studies curriculum used to…
Descriptors: Action Research, Antisocial Behavior, Democratic Values, Elementary Education