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Master of Science (MS)


Family Consumer Human Development

Department name when degree awarded

Child Development


Glen A. Christensen


For some time the writer has observed the keen, creative sensitivity with which children respond to their world . She has also observed , however, that many teachers and parents seem to be quite unaware of this sensitivity. An illustration of this lack of awareness is the following experience : One day a nursery school teacher had a painful headache; in fact, it was suggested that she go home for the remainder of the day . Instead of going home , however , she decided to stay , thinking that her headache would soon abate. The teacher was sitting on a chair observing the children, unaware that one child seemed also to be closely observing her . At the conclusion of a ten or fifteen minute period of this mutual observation , the little boy approached the teacher and said , "You don ' t feel well , do you?" The teacher looked astonished but replied ; "Oh yes , I feel all right."



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