ERIC Number: ED335143
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Attitudes of Preschool Children toward Their Peers in a Mainstreamed Class: A Year-Long Investigation.
Diamond, Karen; And Others
This study observed changes in patterns of friendship preference of three- and four-year-old children in mainstreamed preschool classes over the course of a school year. Sociometric assessments were obtained from the nonhandicapped children three times during the school year. At the beginning of the school year, three-year-old children did not use gender or disability in identifying the peers they liked to play with. The only statistically significant changes which occurred in the three-year-olds' sociometric ratings was a general decline in rating scores for all groups of children over the course of the school year. Four-year-old children preferred their same-sex and nonhandicapped peers as playmates in a relatively stable pattern throughout the school year. Children with disabilities and opposite-sex children received lower sociometric ratings in the four-year-old class in each assessment. A list of nine reference items is provided. (BC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Seattle, WA, April 18-20, 1991).