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ERIC Number: EJ794885
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 23
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-1476-718X
A Look at Friendships between Preschool-Aged Children with and without Disabilities in Two Inclusive Classrooms
Dietrich, Sylvia L.
Journal of Early Childhood Research, v3 n2 p193-215 2005
A naturalistic study of six naturally occurring friendships among preschool-aged children with and without disabilities in inclusive settings was conducted with the children, their parents, and teachers. Data were collected through participant observations and interviews. Descriptive field notes, a fieldwork journal, and transcribed interviews were inductively analysed. Analysis uncovered descriptions, meanings, and revealed various perspectives regarding the friendships studied including those of the children, parents, and teachers. The friendships are described as typical and portray characteristics that are common among friendships during the preschool-age period. The friendships were dynamic and changed throughout the course of the study. Several factors influenced the formation of the friendships including: similarity in play styles; the opportunity to engage in similar activities; similar knowledge and interests; proximity; and parental factors. Implications for further research are discussed. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A