28 May '16, 3am

Kids 'affected by an adult's response to situations'

An experimental study of pre-schoolers here - the first of its kind in the world - has found that an adult's negative reactions to situations affect children's motivation and confidence levels adversely. Conversely, levels improve slightly when an adult responds positively. The study, led by Assistant Professor Qu Li from the Nanyang Technological University's (NTU) psychology division, involved 81 pre-schoolers aged five and six. It is the first study of its kind to manipulate scenarios to elicit reactions from children. Previous studies in this field used surveys and interviews. The study, which was conducted in 2013, was published in international academic journal Child Development last month. The project was funded by the Early Childhood Development Agency and NTU. Prof Qu said the findings shed light on how parents, caregivers and teachers can better react to daily si...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/kids-affe...

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