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Table 2 Circumstances important for learning: responses from infant/toddler educators

From: Early childhood educator’ perspectives on how infants and toddlers learn: Australia and China

  Australia China
Rank M % Rank M %
Participating in a variety of activities across the day 1 1.21 78.8 1 1.63 53.7
Playing with other children 2 1.53 48.5 5 1.80 44.4
Self-initiated activities 3 1.70 48.5 2 1.72 51.9
Participating in activities with adults 4 1.77 36.4 3 1.67 51.9
Seeing what other children do and say 5 1.80 48.5 6 1.76 40.7
Seeing what adults do and say 6 1.81 51.5 7 1.91 40.7
The child being absorbed in own interest 7 1.84 51.5 8 2.22 25.9
Adults teaching by explanation and modelling 8 1.84 45.5 4 1.85 46.3
Being challenged by adults 9 1.87 27.3 9 2.26 24.1
The child being allowed to be left in peace and quiet 10 2.60 18.2 10 2.54 11.1