Social Interaction in Nursery Schools. Reuter, J. & Yunik, G. American Montessori Society Bulletin, 1974.
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Compared the frequencies of peer and adult social interactions, the mean durations of social interactions, and the amounts of negative behaviors of 3-, 4-, and 5-yr-old children of both sexes (N = 131) in a Montessori nursery school, a university laboratory preschool, and a parent cooperative nursery school. The total amount of social interaction, the amount of peer interaction, and the duration of the average social interaction increased with age. The Montessori Ss differed from the Ss in the other 2 schools in amount of peer interaction and in duration of the average interaction in the same direction as older Ss differed from younger Ss. This finding suggests that teacher ratio and age distribution factors enhance the development of social interaction skills in Montessori nursery school children.
@article{reuter_social_1974,
	title = {Social {Interaction} in {Nursery} {Schools}},
	volume = {12},
	abstract = {Compared the frequencies of peer and adult social interactions, the mean durations of social interactions, and the amounts of negative behaviors of 3-, 4-, and 5-yr-old children of both sexes (N = 131) in a Montessori nursery school, a university laboratory preschool, and a parent cooperative nursery school. The total amount of social interaction, the amount of peer interaction, and the duration of the average social interaction increased with age. The Montessori Ss differed from the Ss in the other 2 schools in amount of peer interaction and in duration of the average interaction in the same direction as older Ss differed from younger Ss. This finding suggests that teacher ratio and age distribution factors enhance the development of social interaction skills in Montessori nursery school children.},
	language = {eng},
	journal = {American Montessori Society Bulletin},
	author = {Reuter, Jeanette and Yunik, Gladys},
	year = {1974},
	keywords = {Montessori Method, Age Differences, Nursery Schools, Nursery School Students, Peer Relations, Social Interaction}
}
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