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ERIC Number: EJ898737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-1538-6619
Positive Verbal Environments: Setting the Stage for Young Children's Social Development
Meece, Darrell; Soderman, Anne K.
Young Children, v65 n5 p81-86 Sep 2010
As social creatures, humans relate to one another in environments that are created through interactions with one another. Because these environments are created through one's communication and interaction, they may be called verbal environments. With a renewed interest among educators in children's self-perceptions and the development of social interaction skills, the concept of the verbal environment, formulated by Kostelnik, Stein, and Whiren more than 20 years ago, is worth revisiting. A positive verbal environment is one in which children feel valued. It fosters in them positive feelings and beliefs about themselves and others and promotes the internalization of self-discipline. The quality of the verbal environment sets the stage for children's developing perceptions for themselves and others. This article presents teaching strategies that support safe, enriching environments that promote the development of young children's social interaction skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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