An Analysis of Caring Behaviors of Teachers and Children

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Abstract

The goal of this research is to seek information about teachers’ and children caring behavior. This project focused on how teachers’ model and practice caring and the ways children enact caring behaviors. Thirty two Early Childhood Education major preservice teachers served as observers. They used previously prepared caring characteristics checklist and anecdotal observation. The results demonstrated that the most frequent caring behavior of children was saying kind word and sharing toys/resources and hugging. Teachers demonstrated caring behavior by helping children struggling with a task, verbally expressing kindness and encouraging children with words. The lowest frequencies of teachers’ behavior had reinforcing classroom rules, hugging and showing physical affection. From the children part solving problem in the peaceful way had the lowest frequency.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15
JournalEarly Childhood Education and Care
StateAccepted/In press - 1800

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