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The Ecology of Preschool Behaviour - Peter K. Smith

The Ecology of Preschool Behaviour

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Published: 18th March 2010
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This book was originally published in 1980. At the time of publication the importance of the preschool years in a child's development and education had been recognised by educationalists, psychologists, and indeed parents, and there was a corresponding commitment to expand and improve nursery and playgroup facilities for preschool children. Yet, despite this recognition, there had been little sustained experimental work designed to examine the effects and importance of resources and their deployment in preschool institutions. The details of Peter Smith and Kevin Connolly's research are set out in full and its implications carefully drawn and related to other work in the field. The authors write with precision and clarity, and their research became required reading for developmental psychologists, educationalists, those interested in the effects of the environment upon behaviour and others involved in the administration and provision of nurseries and playgroups.

Preface
Introduction: research perspectives
Research philosophy and methods
Preschool behaviour and the physical environment: a review
Number of children in the group
Amounts of space and play equipment
Subsidiary studies on physical resources
Preschool behaviour and the physical environment: comparison of the separate studies with each other and with previous research
Studies of preschool curricula and staff: child ratio: a review
A comparison of structured-activities and free-play conditions
Variations in staff: child ratio in structured-activities conditions
Structured activities in the preschool: comparison of present studies with previous research
Implications and applications
Appendices
Bibliography
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521133876
ISBN-10: 0521133874
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 396
Published: 18th March 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.58