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The response of the professional staff of kindergartens to aggressive behaviour in preschool children

Tamara Škraban (2014) The response of the professional staff of kindergartens to aggressive behaviour in preschool children. Diploma thesis.

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    The diploma thesis entitled The response of the professional staff of kindergartens to aggressive behaviour in preschool children highlights and examines the problem of aggressive behaviour in preschool children as well as underlines the importance of coping with aggressive behaviour in a timely and effective fashion. The theoretical part of this thesis covers the topic of aggressive behaviour at large. First, aggressive behaviour is defined in terms of disruptive or deviant behaviour. I describe in short the characteristics and features of deviant behaviour. Because the topic of my research is aggressive behaviour in preschool children, I present the social and emotional development of the preschool child and briefly describe the educational institution in which preschool children spend most of their day. I present aggressive behaviour from the different perspectives of its definitions and in light of scientific theories on aggressive behaviour. I define different types of aggressive behaviour and endeavour to identify the factors which affect it. Subsequently, I present a few possible approaches and strategies for managing and preventing aggressive behaviour. The empirical part of this diploma thesis provides data analysis and its interpretation. The data was acquired by means of an anonymous questionnaire, distributed among 81 members of the professional staff of the nine units constituting the Murska Sobota Kindergarten. The main purpose of this research was to gain insight into how professional staff experience and respond to aggressive behaviour in children. The research shows that aggressive behaviour occurs frequently. Differences emerged in the perception and understanding of aggressive behaviour. Professional staff of the first age group most frequently reported instances of biting, whereas that of the second age group reported instances of screaming as prominent types of aggressive behaviour. Girls more often display indirect forms of aggressive behaviour, while boys exhibit direct forms of aggressive behaviour. Comparing the respondents' answers according to their assigned age groups, workplace and work experience at the kindergarten did not reveal any statistically significant differences.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: aggressive behaviour, aggression, preschool child, kindergarten, professional staff, prevention strategies, social pedagogue, counselling service
    Number of Pages: 187
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Matej SandeMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10009417)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2078
    Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2014 07:10
    Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 07:10
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2078

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