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Studies of Day Care Center Climate and Its Effect on Children's Social and Emotional Behavior [microform] / Bodil Ekholm and Anna Hedin
Bib ID 5462460
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Ekholm, Bodil
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1985 
15 p. 

School climates at 12 day care centers in Sweden were compared to investigate effects of center climates on children's social and emotional behavior. Observations and interviews conducted at the day care centers revealed differences in center climates related to child-rearing patterns, patterns of interaction, the distribution of power, and in children's social behavior. At centers in which caregivers exhibited "present-focused" working methods, children were frequently involved in free play, planned activities did not always take place as planned, adults were rather passive in their relationship to children, and children were seen often wandering around aimlessly. Children attending such centers also played less with each other and teased and rejected each other more than at"future-focused" centers. At centers in which caregivers used "future-focused" working methods, a clear daily plan and many planned activities were exhibited. Adults activated children who had nothing to do and required children to take responsibility for many situations. Consequently, children felt they were needed. Children played together more at these centers than they did at "present-focused" centers. (Examples of free play and planned activities at "present-focused" and "future-focused" centers are included.) (RH)


ERIC Note: Paper presented at the Symposium on Care, Rearing, Education (Farohus, Sweden, April 15-17, 1985).

Educational level discussed: Early Childhood Education.

May also be available online. Address as at 14/8/18:

Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Affective Behavior.  |  Child Caregivers.  |  Classroom Research.  |  Comparative Analysis.  |  Day Care Centers.  |  Early Childhood Education.  |  Educational Environment.  |  Preschool Children.  |  Social Behavior.  |  Teacher Behavior.  |  Teacher Role.  |  Sweden
Form/genre Reports, Research.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Hedin, Anna, author
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