The Role of Teachers in Furthering the Development of Social Competence in Young Children
AUTHOR : Won Young Rhee
INFORMATION : page. 39~64 / 2007 Vol.1 No.1
Establishing and maintaining positive social interaction with peers is important for young
children because it will form a foundation for their later social adjustment and academic
achievement. Social competence in this study means an increasing awareness and
understanding of other human beings as part of the child\'s world. The purpose of the study
was to help four-year-old children to accept other children in their mind. This study had three
specific aims: To find the reasons for their difficulties; to examine their changing play
behavior; and to observe teachers\' roles in helping them to become involved in peer group
play. Lack of communication skills and emotional instability were the main difficulties the
children faced. Regarding the changing play pattern, they passed through five distinctive
stages: Staying alone, showing strong interest in the peer group play, going voluntarily to
friends, actively playing with one or two friends, and finally becoming an active member of
the peer play group. In improving children\'s involvement in peer group play the teachers
played several important roles: Making them feel safe, giving them an opportunity to
experience familiar things, suggesting plays, creating opportunities to become acquainted
with other children, and modeling how to play with other children.
social competence,developmental characteristics,teachers' intervention
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Call for Papers
Call for Papers: Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE)
Special Issue Deadline: January 15, 2016
Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (APJRECE) is an official publication of the Pacific Early Childhood Education Research Association (PECERA) that is dedicated to disseminating and supporting research in early childhood education within the Pacific area.
APJRECE is released three times a year in January, May, and September. In 2016, the second issue of Volume 10 will be a special issue. The topic for the special issue is “Power of Play in Young Children’s Growth and Learning”. The Guest Editor for the special issue is Dr. Wonyoung Rhee, Professor Emerita at Chung-Ang University, Korea.
We are seeking reports of current research on this topic, papers that address issues in the application of play research, and papers that review a specific research area of young children’s play and are especially informative about studies needed to fill knowledge gaps. The manuscripts for the special issue should be submitted online by January 15, 2016, following the guidelines described on the journal website. Please visit the homepage of Asia-Pacific Journal of Research in Early Childhood Education (www.apjrece.com,www.pecerajournal.com), and you will find not only full details on aims and scope, editorial policy, and paper submission but the orange colored button, named Manuscript Management System of APJRECE, for paper submission.
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