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The role of the discrimination in verbal expressions of the children in kindergartens

Andreja Škulj (2014) The role of the discrimination in verbal expressions of the children in kindergartens. MSc thesis.

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    Confronting interculturality brings linguistic variety and diversity in contemporary globalized societies. Language barriers, which thus appear, could present us a life challenge to live with others or just an important part of an identity that can cause us to be often disqualified from the society and labelled as “different”. When speaking about the role of a children linguistic discrimination in a kindergarten, we think about qualified professionals, kindergarten teachers and kindergarten teacher assistants that have an important and responsible role in the linguistic discrimination identification as well as a task to educate in a positive manner future democratic individuals that are able to listen to other human beings, their rights and needs, the latter confirmed also by the research results. In the empirical part of the study I tried to investigate throughout a questionnaire linguistic expressions of discriminatory discourse in kindergarten or to assess how the discrimination is manifested in child's speech. I used the qualitative research design, based on a descriptive, non experimental, causal method. A study involved 296 participants, among them were 228 kindergarten teachers and 68 kindergarten teacher assistants. The study confirms: that kindergarten teachers and kindergarten teacher assistants recognize children linguistic discrimination in kindergarten mainly through conversation with children, that children linguistic discrimination is expressed due to lack of communication experience with peers and last but not least, among discriminatory factors affecting children’s verbal expression mostly or most frequently underlined are language, national and ethnic origin. Any discriminatory action breaches human dignity, human values and rights. Acting in a non-discriminatory manner is important for us, our children, family and society in general. It is important to know that the discrimination exists and we can tackle it, only if we are able to recognize and note it. Every individual is a part of a society which is comprised of diversities among us. Therefore, we all are important and we all deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of who and what we are. Qualified professionals in kindergarten should be a clear example for children and they should be able to show them and teach them how to appreciate themselves, their beliefs and values as well as values and personalities of others. It is my belief, that the preschool period is crucial for the development of non-discriminatory action, because preschool age children will someday become responsible citizens of our society, and thus a reflection of our education and our attitude.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: discrimination, language, discriminatory discourse, children’s linguistic expression, preschool age children, early childhood education
    Number of Pages: 85
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Darija SkubicMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9972041)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2023
    Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2014 12:28
    Last Modified: 05 Feb 2014 12:28
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2023

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