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Development of Social Relationships, Interactions and Behaviours in Early Education Settings

Kington, Alison ORCID:, Gates, P. and Sammons, P. (2013) Development of Social Relationships, Interactions and Behaviours in Early Education Settings. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 11 (3). pp. 293-312. ISSN 1476-718X

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Recent research and policy regarding the advantages of early years provision has focused largely on the enhancement and development of cognitive skills for preschoolers. This study, based in the United Kingdom, focuses on a range of cognitive and social skills and identifies beneficial characteristics of a government pilot scheme for 2-year-olds in areas of social disadvantage. Data were collected from nursery managers and parents across six early years settings using a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods centred around in-depth observational techniques focused on children. Results indicate that in addition to the development of cognitive skills, children showed increased confidence and modes of communication and interaction and that these were associated with the varied activities and routines established within the early years settings. Some variations in terms of frequency and quality of interactions, activities and practice were identified in settings; however, interpersonal support for learning and development was consistent across settings.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: early years, education and disadvantage, mixed methods
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
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Depositing User: Alison Kington
Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2013 12:37
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:01

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