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ERIC Number: EJ900912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1696-2095
Improving Social Understanding of Preschool Children: Evaluation of a Training Program
Esteban, Moises; Sidera, Francesc; Serrano, Jessica; Amado, Anna; Rostan, Carles
Electronic Journal of Research in Educational Psychology, v8 n2 p841-860 2010
Introduction: This study tested the effects of a training program intending to foster social understanding or the capacity which enables them to understand themselves and others in terms of intentions, beliefs, desires, and emotions in children at preschool age. A number of studies have shown that in the context of shared narratives, children are particularly likely to engage in talk about inner states. Method: Participants were 96 Spanish children aged between 39 and 52 months (M = 45.63; SD = 3.79) from two schools. Two classes formed the intervention group, who listened to the story, and the other two formed the control group, where no intervention was made. In both cases, three social understanding tests were administered before and after the training by their kindergarten teachers. Results: The results obtained by the Mann-Whitney "U" non-parametric test show that only the children from the intervention group improved significantly their social understanding. Discussion and Conclusion: This study indicates that it is possible to improve social understanding skills of preschool children by a picture-book reading training program. That is, a special way to explain stories could foster socio-emotional outcomes. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain