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Contingency in teacher-child emotional state talk during shared book reading in early childhood classrooms


The aim of this study was to investigate emotional state talk between teachers and their students in 81 early childhood classrooms during shared book reading. Teachers shared with their students an experimental emotion narrative book. Preliminary analysis of teachers’ and children’s transcribed utterances during reading addressed the frequencies of emotional terms, form (question vs. comment), and content (emotion identification, emotion causality, emotion inference, or non-emotional content). Sequential analysis evaluated contingent relations between the book text and teachers’ comments and questions about emotions as well as between teachers’ and children’s contingent responses to each other. Results showed emotional excerpts from the book were significantly associated with teachers’ questions and comments about emotion identification. Children were highly specific and responsive to teachers’ emotional state talk, and children’s comments about emotions evoked further considerations from teachers about the same topics. (author abstract)

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United States

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