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  • Fostering language acquisition in daycare settings: What the research tells us

    Simone Beller examines research and theories surrounding language acquisition, and how the early childhood education environment impacts on developing language.  "Several studies (see chapters 2.1, 2.2 and 2.3) showed that language is better acquired in informal instructional settings and i...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, literacy, environment, pedagogy, literacy and numeracy resource, social competence resource

  • Promoting Positive Peer Social Interactions

    This 2003 article by Bovey and Strain consider how to promote positive peer social interactions.  The use of mat time is the main strategy considered in this article

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • The Social Skills Programme

    This guide to social skills is produced by Leap Outreach and considers why social skills are important, and provides strategies for supporting children's growing social development.  This article has a strong focus on helping children who need extra support in interacting with peers.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Communicating and Cooperating in Play

    Rosemary Perry describes research that she was involved in that considered the nature of children's communication and cooperation in play.  She notes that the "findings from this study serve as a timely reminder that there are between pretend play and the social interactions it engenders and...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, play, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Understanding and Facilitating Preschool Children's Peer Acceptance. ERIC Digest.

    This brief article considers peer acceptance, and looks at how teachers and adults can help foster social interactions.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, pedagogy, social competence resource

  • Toddler Strategies for social engagement with peers

    This article by Honig and Thompson (1993) outlines toddlers strategy bids as they attempt to interact with others. The article considers how toddlers enter play with another and how they leave the play.  The article also considers strategies that teachers can use to help support young childr...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, infants and toddlers, play, pedagogy, social competence resource, friendship

  • "I am safe and secure: Promoting resilience in young children"

    This article by Pizzolongo & Hunter in 'Young Children' looks at what resilience is and how teachers and parents can promote this skill in the early years, noting that positive relationships and environments are essential.

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, environment, social competence resource

  • Are you a highly qualified, emotionally intelligent early childhood educator?

    This article considers emotionally intelligent teachers and environments noting that: "Successful early childhood educators need patience and the ability to observe children, behaviour, environments, colleagues and families and to use what they discover to create an environment that supports chi...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, transition, environment, transitions resource, leadership resource, social competence resource

  • The Situated Nature of Preschool Children's Conflict Strategies

    In this reserach, Thornberg considers the strategie that young children use when engaged in conflict. The link provided downloads a pdf report of the research. Robert Thornberg, The Situated Nature of Preschool Children's Conflict Strategies, 2006, Educational Psychology, (26), 1, 109-126. http...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, social competence resource, friendship

  • Teacher reports of social behaviour and peer acceptance in early childhood: Sex and social status differences

    This Australian research considers the relation between gender, social status and behaviour.  The report notes: "If children are not able to develop social skills within the context of peer interactions in the years before school, they may be at risk for continued rejection during the schoo...

    tag_names:subjects: social competence, social competence resource, friendship