Title page for ETD etd-04202011-174839

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Geary, Kelly Elizabeth
URN etd-04202011-174839
Title The Impact of Choice on Child Sustained Attention in the Preschool Classroom
Degree Master of Science (M.S.)
Department Human Ecology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
DiCarlo, Cynthia Committee Chair
Baumgartner,Jennifer Committee Member
Denny , R. Kenton Committee Member
  • Attention
  • Choice
  • Preschool Children
Date of Defense 2011-04-04
Availability unrestricted
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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