Impact of Educational Habits on the Learning of 3–6 Year Old Children from the Perspective of Early Childhood Education Teachers

Miguel Pérez-Ferra, Rocío Quijano-López, Inmaculada García-Martínez
2020 Sustainability  
Although early childhood education is crucial for development, it is considered less important than other educational stages. For this reason, we sought to understand teachers' perceptions about the effects of educational habits on 3–6 year old children's learning, in addition to their engagement and level of commitment to make families assume greater responsibility over their children's acquisition of habits. Further, differences of opinion were examined according to age, teaching experience,
more » ... aching experience, and years of experience at the center. The instrument consisted of twenty variables and four dimensions: working habits and effort, environmental factors and personal hygiene, healthy diets, and collaboration and cooperation. The instrument was sent out via email. Non-probability convenience sampling was performed (n=320). The methodology used a descriptive and cross-sectional study, incorporating correlational (Pearson correlation) and inferential analyses. Statistics included one-way ANOVA, statistical power, effect size, and Scheffé's test for multiple comparisons. Educational habits were deemed to have a positive impact, which favored studying. Effects were accentuated in relation to hard work and effort towards learning, with these outcomes being associated with other measured variables. Teachers aged between 34 and 40 years old showed greater commitment and attributed more importance to these habits. Teachers who had been at the school for longer evaluated environmental and hygiene habits more positively.
doi:10.3390/su12114388 fatcat:rs7ytbd7b5dcdbjllbfmmdn3um