ERIC Number: ED393604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Apr-12
Are Social Relationships Really Only Social?
Social relationships should not be considered merely as the way individuals get along with others. Interaction with others plays a crucial part in the social development of children in terms of how they interpret words, gestures and attitudes of others toward themselves. Every social interaction holds messages that children interpret as enforcing their worthiness as individuals. A child's reactions to the challenges of the classroom setting and the teacher's responses to those reactions can influence the child's social development and subsequent level of accomplishment. Teachers can, therefore, encourage positive social development through their interactions with children. There are a variety of techniques to enhance these interactions, such as intervening in conflicts between children to clarify each child's feelings, and bibliotherapy, or the use of books to help children learn how to define meaning for themselves in various situations. Teachers and parents should encourage children to try harder to accomplish tasks. They should also try to separate the behavior of a child from the child's view of him- or herself as a person. Thoughtful interaction with children both at home and in the classroom can greatly improve their social development and increase their chances of success in life. (JA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Association for Childhood Education International Annual International Study Conference (Minneapolis, MN, April 12, 1996).