Master of Science (MS)
The purpose of this study was to determine the mean duration of child attention to a self-selected toy and to determine the longest duration under which teaching condition children attend to toy play (child choice, adult choice, or adult presentation). Forty preschool-aged children were observed under each teaching condition and data were collected on the child’s duration of child attention. Results indicate that children’s sustained attention is significantly different across the three teaching conditions, and it was found that children attended for the longest duration of time during the child choice condition. It was also found that children attended for a longer period of time during the adult choice teaching condition as compared to the adult presentation condition. An ANOVA was used to compare the means across the three teaching conditions. Post-hoc comparisons show that the child-choice teaching condition is statistically significant from the adult presentation teaching condition.
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Geary, Kelly Elizabeth, "The impact of choice on child sustained attention in the preschool classroom" (2011). LSU Master's Theses. 1989.