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ERIC Number: EJ1220829
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
The Social Networks of Children with and without Disabilities in Early Childhood Special Education Classrooms
Chen, Jing; Lin, Tzu-Jung; Justice, Laura; Sawyer, Brook
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v49 n7 p2779-2794 Jul 2019
Interaction with peers is an important contributor to young children's social and cognitive development. Yet, little is known about the nature of social networks within preschool inclusive classrooms. The current study applied a social network analysis to characterize children's peer interactions in inclusive classrooms and their relations with children's disability status. The participants were 485 preschoolers from 64 early childhood special education (ECSE) inclusive classrooms. Results from teachers' report of children's social networks showed that children with disabilities formed smaller play networks compared to their typically developing peers in the classroom, but no evidence indicated that children with disabilities engaged in more conflict networks than their counterparts. Children's play and conflict networks were segregated by children's disability status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324A130066