Teacher-child interactions and children's cognitive and social skills in Chinese preschool classrooms

Published on Aug 1, 2017in Children and Youth Services Review2.393
路 DOI :10.1016/J.CHILDYOUTH.2017.05.028
Bi Ying Hu15
Estimated H-index: 15
(UM: University of Macau),
Xitao Fan60
Estimated H-index: 60
(UM: University of Macau)
+ 3 AuthorsJuan Zhang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(UM: University of Macau)
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Abstract
Quality early childhood education (ECE) is central to children's development and, thus, has become a focus of the current Chinese education agenda. Using a sample of 589 Chinese children in 59 preschool classrooms, this study examined how a key aspect of ECE quality, teacher-child interactions, was related to children's skills. Findings indicated that teacher-child interactions were related to children's cognitive skills, but not to social skills. These results contribute to the growing international research literature on the critical role teacher-child interactions play with children's learning and development. Implications for policy and professional development are discussed.
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