Article Analysis of Young Children's Perceptions of Time Out.
Readdick and Paula L Chapman of Florida State University do an exploratory study to find out how preschoolers, ages two, three, and four years, feel about and perceive time out. Since this is the first study that involves the preschooler's feelings and opinions on the time out, this is an important discovery. They believe that because of the social inexperience of a preschooler, time out may be harmful to their social development. Not knowing any better, children tend to see themselves negatively, and then act out according to that negative "label". (Readdick & Chapman, 2000) The researchers were interested in these five research questions:.
1. What feelings about time out do young children express?.
2. What perceptions of time out do young children express?.
3. What behavioral events are resulting in preschooler children being placed in time out by their teachers?.
4. What difference in feelings about time out can be identified between children who perceive themselves to be frequently in time out and those who perceive themselves to be infrequently in time out?.
5. What is the correspondence of the child's stated reason for being in time out and the observer's view of the reason for the child being in time out? (Readdick & Chapman, 2000).
With no previous knowledge of a child's impression of time out, these answers will benefit the researchers and others in the field of child care to better understand time out the same way a child comprehends time out. .
Article Analysis 3.
A total of 42 two-, three-, and four-year-old children took part in this study. Twenty-three were boys, and 19 were girls. They were observed in a natural setting, both indoor and outdoor .
classroom atmospheres, of 11 separate child care centers in a north Florida community of families. The first author composed a 17-questian interview, which was modified to 14 questions.