Journal article

Quality of Interactions by Early Childhood Educators Following a Language-Specific Professional Learning Program

Patricia Eadie, Hannah Stark, Frank Niklas

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION JOURNAL | SPRINGER | Published : 2019

Abstract

Children’s language learning is shaped through the social contexts of children’s earliest experiences at home and in early childhood education settings with responsive caregivers. Facilitating high-quality interactions between early childhood educators and children affords opportunities to foster language rich exchanges and promote strong language skills. The present study investigated the impact of a language-specific professional learning program on the quality of educator-child interactions and the associated short-term effects on vocabulary knowledge in young children. Educator practice was compared across 38 early childhood education and care services (19 participated in professional le..

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