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Handling hard-to-manage behaviours in preschool provision

Foot, Hugh and Woolfson, L. and Terras, M. and Norfolk, C. (2004) Handling hard-to-manage behaviours in preschool provision. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 2 (2). pp. 115-138. ISSN 1476-718X

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Abstract

The perceptions and experiences of hard-to-manage behaviours were explored among 32 staff working in a variety of local authority and private nurseries and playgroups. Semi-structured interviews were conducted to ascertain what behaviours in children staff find most challenging, how they were managed and concerns communicated to parents. Results showed that aggression, inability to share and refusal were perceived as the most prevalent and worrying. Exclusion, explanation and distraction were the most frequently used strategies for handling such behaviours. Staff who were prepared to raise with parents their concerns about problematic behaviours that endangered the child's safety were out-of-character or persistent. A systems approach, based upon the ecological congruence model, was adopted to explain the links between staff perceptions and their tolerance for discrepancies from social norms. Staff-parent communication effectiveness was interpreted in terms of the home-pre-school relationship.

Item type: Article
ID code: 1716
Keywords: child psychology, child behaviour, children, educational psychology, Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education , Psychology, Child Health. Child health services, Education, Health(social science), Developmental and Educational Psychology
Subjects: Education > Special aspects of education > Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Medicine > Pediatrics > Child Health. Child health services
Department: Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences > Psychology
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 01 Nov 2006
Last modified: 04 Sep 2014 12:13
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/1716

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