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ERIC Number: EJ1020908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4430
Whispers in the Ear: Preschool Children's Conceptualisation of Secrets and Confidants
Corson, Kimberly; Colwell, Malinda J.
Early Child Development and Care, v183 n9 p1215-1228 2013
In this qualitative study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with three- to five-year olds ("n"?=?17) in a university-sponsored preschool programme. Analyses using interpretive phenomenology indicated that preschool children view secrets with a sense of intimacy, and they reserve disclosure for a particular person, usually their best friend. There is a sense of ownership surrounding secrets for preschool children, and hence, secrets are regarded as something special to them. Furthermore, secrets are described as something that gives preschool children happiness and are often associated with games or pretend play. Finally, the analysis addresses children's secret hiding places and the types of concepts preschool children consider as a secret.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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