ERIC Number: ED272282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Social Competence in Three Types of Preschool Social Interactors.
Pinkett, Kathleen E. L.; Quay, Lorene C.
Preschool children with low rates of social interaction have been considered to be maladapted, at risk for future difficulties, and in need of social skills training. To determine the validity of this theory, a total of 112 black and white middle SES preschool children identified as occupied low social interactors (distinguished from unoccupied, withdrawn, socially isolated low interactors) moderate social interactors, and high social interactors were compared on social competence. Participants attended seven preschool classrooms in two racially integrated, private schools. No group differences were found. This finding suggests that preschoolers identified as low interactors occupied with constructive, goal-directed, purposeful, or creative activities are as socially competent as preschoolers with moderate and high rates of social interaction. Questions are raised about the practice of considering all preschool children with low rates of social interaction as maladjusted. Attitudinal and educational implications are discussed. Eighteen references are included. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Educational Research Association (66th, Chicago, IL, March 31-April 4, 1985).