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ERIC Number: EJ864983
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0957-5146
Conflict Resolution and Children's Behaviour: Observing and Understanding Social and Cooperative Play in Early Years Educational Settings
Broadhead, Pat
Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, v29 n2 p105-118 Jul 2009
This paper draws from continuing research into the growth of sociability and cooperation in young children. It began in the mid-1980s and has continued periodically in a range of early years educational settings across the 3-6 age range. The research has underpinned the development of an observational tool. This tool--the Social Play Continuum or SPC--has been used in personal and paired data collection by the author and jointly with early years educators. This paper draws from play observations of nursery children (aged 3-4 years) and reception class children (aged 4-5 years) in one school. The focus here is on conflict in play and its interpretation. The paper considers a relationship with stress in children's lives and its potential impact on playful learning needs. The author advocates increases in playful learning and pedagogies rather than engagements with conflict resolution programmes. Three data-based vignettes contextualise children's play to illustrate the need to deepen understanding through observation about the nature of conflicts--with peers and with adults--and the wider implications for playful pedagogies. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom