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ERIC Number: EJ864543
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
ISSN: ISSN-1053-8151
Establishing Friendships in Early Childhood Inclusive Settings: What Roles Do Parents and Teachers Play?
Hollingsworth, Heidi L.; Buysse, Virginia
Journal of Early Intervention, v31 n4 p287-307 2009
Adult support of 12 specific friendship dyads involving 3- to 5-year-old children with and without developmental delays was investigated through semi-structured interviews with the children's parents and teachers. Most respondents described these friendships as harmonious and important for the emotional benefits that these relationships provided children. Parents and teachers reported supporting the friendships through a variety of strategies, ranging from setting up the social environment to helping friends interact with each other and engaging in home-school communication on the topic of friendship. Findings also indicated that some of these strategies may have been implemented incidentally, rather than being intentionally focused on friendship support. Teachers reported giving information and being asked about or provided with information but did not report asking parents for information relating to specific friendships. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: Parents; Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A