Children’s strategies for making friends when starting school

Danby, Susan J., Thompson, Cathy, Theobald, Maryanne Agnes, & Thorpe, Karen J. (2012) Children’s strategies for making friends when starting school. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 37(2), pp. 63-71.

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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 a researcher and their peers, 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.

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ID Code: 46445
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: friends, play, children’s perspectives, starting school, children’s accounts, research interview, early childhood, peer culture, child-initiated strategies , tranisition
ISSN: 1836-9391
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Early Childhood Australia, Inc.
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 21:46
Last Modified: 08 Jan 2013 05:31

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