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ERIC Number: EJ978189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jun
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 60
ISSN: ISSN-1836-9391
Children's Strategies for Making Friends when Starting School
Danby, Susan; Thompson, Catherine; Theobald, Maryanne; Thorpe, Karen
Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, v37 n2 p63-71 Jun 2012
Starting school is a critical and potentially stressful time for many young children, and having supportive relationships with parents, teachers and peers and friends offer better outcomes for school adjustment and social relationships. This paper explores matters of friendship when young children are starting school, and how they initiate friendships. In audio-recorded conversations with researchers, the children proposed a number of strategies, including making requests, initiating clubs and teams, and peer intervention to support a friend. Their accounts drew on social knowledge and relational understandings, and showed that having someone, a friend, to play with was important for starting school. Children gave serious attention to developing strategies to initiate friendships. (Contains 8 extracts and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia