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  • Journal title : Korean Journal of Child Studies
  • Volume 37, Issue 2,  2016, pp.79-94
  • Publisher : Korean Association of Child Studies
  • DOI : 10.5723/kjcs.2016.37.2.79
 Title & Authors
Clusters of Preschoolers` Play Behaviors
Shin, Nary; Lee, Hyungmin;
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Objective: This study aimed to examine the predictors of indoor play behaviors using cluster analyses. Methods: Data from 963 children (age 4 years) who participated in the phase of the Panel Study of Korean Children, their parents, and their teachers were analyzed using K-means clustering analyses, F-tests and multinomial logistic regression analyses. Results: The clustering analyses revealed three distinctive profiles: positive-theme oriented, general-exploratory/manipulative, and negative-exploratory/manipulative groups. Child characteristics, including cognition, language, and social level, and teachers` age were significantly associated with the groups in a different way; the clusters were partially different in the gender and creativity of children, interaction level of teachers` interaction, classroom environment, and program types that children attended. Conclusion: Findings revealed three clusters of play behaviors and highlighted the importance of the ecological variables that determined the clusters.
indoor play behaviors;peer play interactions;preferred interest areas;
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