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Adults' violence against children in preschool

Andreja Škvarč (2014) Adults' violence against children in preschool. MSc thesis.

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    Even in preschools we can find inappropriate conduct adults uses when educating and taking care of children. Although our educational work is based on a child and should be placed high on the list of our priorities, it is true that the power of our subjective theories is reflected through a hidden curriculum. Since we are aware of the problems inappropriate conduct brings to preschools, the introduction part emphasizes some concepts which can aid in understanding this problem, whereas the following parts deal with occurence of various types of violence in Slovenian public preschools. In other words, attention is given to the conduct which is in today's social context unacceptable. We wanted to find out whether preschool teachers are aware of violence against children and maybe even take part in it. The descriptive method was used in the research and the qualitative research as the research approach where some examples were added in order to get diverse information. The research interview was used as a technique to gather information because the theme of the research is very sensitive, unpleasant and still a taboo. Our decision was to use a systematic approach of sampling – an occasional sample. We wanted to get different opinions so our sample included professional, educational counsellors and managers from various Slovenian public preschools. The analysis of the examples dealt with shows that inappropriate conduct in preschools is present, some preschools teachers use different types of violence, psychic violence is more often than physical one which is noticed as well. The victims are children of the first and second age categories as well as children with special needs in development sections of preschools. There are rare occasions when colleagues report inappropriate conduct they experience at work. They often face various hesistations and the report is often followed by an unsuitable response or the case discussion. On the basis of findings of this as well as the previous researches, published in local and foreign educational area, the final part gives the proposal of a prevention and violence treatment model of a preschool. At the same time the analysis serves as a starting point for deliberation, discussion, formation of guidelines and team work at implementation of proper strategies of disciplinary methods in practice.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: teacher of preschool children, preschool child, violence, violence in institution, disciplinary strategies
    Number of Pages: 77
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10008393)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2076
    Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2014 14:06
    Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 14:06
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2076

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