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Self-Regulation in Early Childhood : Nature and Nurture - Martha B. Bronson

Self-Regulation in Early Childhood

Nature and Nurture

Paperback Published: 19th December 2001
ISBN: 9781572307520
Number Of Pages: 296

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The early years are critically important for the development of self-regulation - the set of abilities that enable children to control their emotions and behaviour, interact positively with others and engage in independent learning. This book examines how self-regulation develops in the first eight years of life and describes practical ways for educators and care-givers to support its development.Part 1 reviews a diverse body of theory and research on the growth of self-control and self-direction across emotional, social, motivational, and cognitive domains. Contemporary research linking self-regulatory abilities to control systems in the brain is also described.Part 2 presents concrete suggestions for enhancing self-regulatory skills in infants and toddlers, pre-schoolers and kindergartners and school-aged children. Chapters address care-giver and teacher behaviours, behaviour-management techniques, ways of arranging the environment and strategies for enhancing peer interactions and children's interest in self-directed learning.

'Masterfully written... Bronson has done a thorough job of pulling together research from many perspectives. The strength of this work is in its synthesis and connections to the major ideas in both developmental and educational psychology. The book's predictable organization makes it a handy resource guide for anyone working with children from birth to age eight. Bronson's writing style facilitates clarity of understanding... [Her work] holds promise for changing how we think about and educate young children, and provides insight into some of the difficulties we face in educating today's students.' - Early Childhood Research Quarterly 'Setting Bronson apart from most scholars are her astute observational skills and years of experience with what early childhood teachers and caregivers actually do on a daily basis. Informed by a solid familiarity with early childhood and primary school contexts, this book synthesizes the knowledge base and provides excellent coverage of practices that support children's self-regulation at various age levels.' - Carol Copple, PhD, National Association for the Education of Young Children 'Bronson engages her reader with a style that is clear without compromising the subject's complexity. This is a scholarly yet readable account for a broad audience. It will serve as a useful text for advanced undergraduate and graduate-level students.' - Deborah Stipek, PhD, School of Education, University of California, Los Angeles"

Introduction and Overviewp. 1
Theoretical and Research Perspectives on Self-Regulationp. 9
Overview of Theoretical Perspectives on Self-Regulationp. 11
Interrelation of Motivation and Self-Regulationp. 31
Controlling Emotion and Behaviorp. 58
Engaging in Prosocial Behaviorp. 86
Controlling Cognitive Processingp. 112
Self-Regulation and Control Systems in the Brainp. 142
Research to Practice: Supporting Self-Regulation in Early Childhoodp. 165
Supporting Self-Regulation in Infants and Toddlersp. 167
Supporting Self-Regulation in Preschool and Kindergarten Childrenp. 198
Supporting Self-Regulation in Primary School Childrenp. 221
Epiloguep. 243
Referencesp. 247
Indexp. 287
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ISBN: 9781572307520
ISBN-10: 1572307528
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 19th December 2001
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.46