Early Child Development and Care Journal Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Journal description

Early Child Development and Care is a multidisciplinary publication that serves psychologists, educators, psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers and other professionals who deal with research, planning, education and care of infants and young children. The periodical provides English translations of work in this field that has been published in other languages, and original English papers on all aspects of early child development and care: descriptive and evaluative articles on social, educational and preventive medical programs for young children, experimental and observational studies, critical reviews and summary articles. In addition, to scientific papers, the periodical will contain book reviews, reports on conferences and other items of interest.

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Website Early Child Development and Care website
Other titles Early child development and care, ECDC, E.C.D.C., International monograph series on early child care
ISSN 0300-4430
OCLC 1772625
Material type Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Journal / Magazine / Newspaper, Internet Resource

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Publications in this journal

  • Early Child Development and Care 10/2015; 185(5). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2015.1021146
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    ABSTRACT: Early childhood development has been recognised to be the most important contributor to long-term social and emotional development. Therefore positive parenting is paramount to foster quality parent-child interaction. Previous research shows that for parents to adopt a positive parenting style, some degree of parental knowledge is required. The aim of this study was to compare the relationship between knowledge of child development and parenting styles in low and high socio-economic groups of parents in early childhood development centres. A cross sectional study was conducted using a correlation-comparative research design. The sample consisted of N = 140 parents with children between 2-5 years old from low and high socio-economic groups. Descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation were used to analyze the data. The findings also show that there in no correlation between knowledge of child development and authoritative parenting styles. However correlations do exist between the other variables.
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the developmental trend of pretend play behaviour and the effect of partner's gender in Singaporean preschoolers. Peer dyadic play among 70 children, ranging in age from three to five years, was observed in a standardised toy play context. Videotaped recordings of the play were analysed using two scales – the Smilansky Scale for Evaluation of Dramatic and Socio-dramatic Play and the Symbolic Play Scale. The results indicated an age-related developmental trend for pretend play in general; no main effect for gender and gender composition of dyads was found. However, remarkably significant gender composition effects were identified in certain age groups, with children from same-gender dyads outperforming those from mixed-gender dyads. The period between ages three and four was identified as critical for pretend play development, and the fifth year of life was identified as critical for the development of gender segregation in play behaviours.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.987273
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    ABSTRACT: This study examines the intensity effect of a mentoring intervention for Head Start teachers, the Individualised Learning Intervention (ILI), as it impacts child social emotional outcomes. Pairs of Mentor and Protégé teachers across three sites in two states were randomly assigned to intervention and control groups. Mentors in the intervention group participated in a 50-hour mentor seminar and supported the intervention Protégé teachers’ professional growth and development across one Head Start school year. Mentors themselves were also supported by a Mentor Coordinator. As part of a quasi-experimental study of implementation fidelity effects, the intensity of mentoring intervention was measured by the Intensity of Intervention Scale and the intervention group was divided into high and moderate intensity levels. Evidence is presented for the effects of high intensity levels of the ILI Mentoring programme, relative to moderate intensity and control conditions, on the children in the Protégé teachers’ classrooms. These results lead to practice and policy implications regarding the implementation of mentoring programmes such as the ILI which are designed for early childhood educators and built upon adult self-directed learning experiences and collaborative support.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.992426
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    ABSTRACT: Perspective taking, defined as the ability to assume another's perspective, can be considered a multidimensional construct which is composed of three different components: cognitive, visual and affective. This study wanted to verify the possibility of promoting perspective taking in preschoolers using ecological training. The maintenance of children's acquired abilities after six months was also assessed. Subsequently, analyses were conducted to examine if a possible increase in these competences could positively influence prosocial disposition and determine a decrease of aggressiveness. The design was a pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental procedure with independent samples: an experimental and a control group, each one with 30 children aged 3–5. Results showed a significant improvement in most of the investigated areas after the training, confirming the possibility of promoting perspective taking abilities. Moreover, children with greater perspective taking skills were also more inclined to behave in a prosocial way during peer interactions. Furthermore, these changes were persistent at the follow-up session six months later.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.987272
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    ABSTRACT: Researchers continue to be interested in the evaluation of early childhood education programmes, their interventions, and the implementation of different types of evaluation. Their interest continues to increase and attract other researchers. In understanding the nature and appropriate use of evaluation in early childhood education and the basis for making a prediction about the future, it is beneficial to examine historical and contemporary evaluations and their uses in early childhood education. This article discusses and compares how early childhood education programmes have been evaluated for more than a century and how they are being evaluated now. It identifies some of the problems in evaluating early childhood education programmes and discusses how assessment can be used to improve programmes and practices in the field.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.989675
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    ABSTRACT: This paper presents the findings of a research project investigating the perceptions and expectations held by pre-service teachers regarding the childcare sector. It presents the views of a group of pre-service teachers both before and after their exposure to practice within childcare following a 10-week practicum. The personal experiences of the research participants impacted greatly their evolutionary understanding of and attitude towards the childcare sector. Thematic analysis of the data produced several key concepts that illuminated issues of identity conflict across the care and education divide. This paper makes a necessary contribution to the current research context where research on perspectives of teacher-educators within childcare is limited. It is particularly pertinent in the context of Australia's implementation of the policy requiring a qualified teacher to be employed within childcare settings from 2014 onwards.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.993626
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    ABSTRACT: Emotional intelligence plays a great role in human adaptation to social environments. The individual level of emotional skills depends on one's genes, family environment, and socialisation, as well as personal experience and education. The purpose of the present study was to examine the educational influence of mental simulation in developing the emotional skills of preschool children. A total of 30 children between the ages of three and five took part in our experiment. The dependent variables were recognising, understanding, and controlling emotions measured by a tool created especially for this study. Our experiment included repeated measurement conducted before and after mental training. The content of the mental simulation contained clues about how to recognise and understand emotions. Our results confirmed the expectations that mental simulations enhance children's ability to recognise, understand, and control emotions.
    Early Child Development and Care 08/2015; 185(8). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.990898
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated the Omani early childhood pre-service teachers’ motivation for teaching. Specific attention was given to the levels of their autonomous motivation, including: (1) intrinsic motivation; and (2) extrinsic motivation comprised of identified, introjected, and external motivations. In addition, the effects of age, cohort (grade level), and cumulative grade point average (CGPA) on their motivation for teaching were examined. Participants included 62 Omani early childhood pre-service teachers. A modified version of the Work Tasks Motivation Scale for Teachers (WTMST) was used as an instrument. The results suggested that the participants had higher intrinsic motivations than extrinsic motivations for teaching. Among their extrinsic motivations, ‘identified motivation’ was reported as the highest, followed by ‘external motivation’, and then ‘introjected motivation’. The results also revealed that participants’ age and cohort had significant effects on their introjected motivations. Implications were discussed and recommendations were made for future studies.
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  • Early Child Development and Care 07/2015; DOI:10.1080/03004430.2015.1061518
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    ABSTRACT: This study investigated female and male early childhood educators' (ECEs) perceptions of young children's aggression and rough-and-tumble play in the Canadian early childhood classroom. Participants were drawn from a larger sample of ECEs who completed an online questionnaire regarding their perceptions of young children's behaviours in the classroom. This study involved n = 11 males from this sample and a matched subset of n = 11 females. Participants were presented with a series of vignettes depicting children displaying different types of aggression (i.e. relational, physical) as well as rough-and-tumble play, and completed a series of follow-up questions pertaining to their attitudes for each type of behaviour. Results showed compared to their female counterparts, male ECEs reported that both physical aggression and rough-and-tumble play held less negative social and academic implications for boys than girls. Educational implications for gender-inclusive, play-based early childhood programmes are discussed.
    Early Child Development and Care 07/2015; 185(7). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.980408
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    ABSTRACT: Parenting education needs assessment surveys were collected from a large group of the parents or caregivers of 698 0–5-year-old children in southern Nevada. Survey questions addressed parenting education interests, family characteristics, and preferred delivery methods of parenting education. Cluster analysis was used to empirically determine if varying interest in parenting education topics would reflect distinct patterns of parents’ perception, and revealed a three-cluster solution that best fits the data. The three clusters differed on parents' or caregivers’ perception of interest in general child-centred topics, specific child-centred topics, and self-, family-, or environment-centred topics. Clusters also differentiated the parents or caregivers by family characteristics and preferred delivery methods of parenting education. The implications of these results for understanding various patterns of parents' perceived interests as well as their relation to family characteristics and preferred delivery methods of parenting education are discussed.
    Early Child Development and Care 07/2015; 185(7). DOI:10.1080/03004430.2014.980407