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ERIC Number: EJ1150374
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
I Just Want to Know: Helping Children Express Their Curiosity about Others with Disabilities
Cellitti, Anarella; Hastings, Rascheel
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v43 n3 p11-16 2015
Many new teachers are concerned with how to respond appropriately when preschoolers make statements that can be considered rude, hurtful, or socially inappropriate. This is particularly true for comments related to children with disabilities. New teachers are often afraid that negative and unkind comments will be made by young children in their classrooms. If this occurs, the teacher may be petrified, not respond, or respond in a manner that makes the situation worse. The purpose of this article is to offer insight about the reasons behind young children's comments concerning others with disabilities in the inclusive classroom environment. Moreover, this article will provide new teachers with tools to prepare themselves to handle these situations more effectively. When teachers expect comments and are prepared to respond to such comments, the situations tend to be less intense. As a result, both teachers and children benefit from the interchange.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
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Language: English
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