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Preschool teachers attitudes towards competition and cooperation between children

Sabina Sterle (2011) Preschool teachers attitudes towards competition and cooperation between children. Diploma work.

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    Children have yet to learn the skills of cooperation, while competitiveness should primarily be correctly steered. A lot of discussion should also be devoted to its consequences. In nursery school, activities should be designed to encourage children to cooperate. I was interested in to what extent preschool teachers are aware of that fact and introduce cooperation intentionally into their work and how, on the other hand, they face competitiveness, which appears in child’s play already at a very early stage. My diploma paper searches for attitudes preschool teachers have towards competitiveness and cooperation, how both behaviours affect the child's development and how they are reflected in the planning and implementation of educational work. I have quantitatively processed and interpreted the results, which I have acquired through a questionnaire and compared them between the first age group (13 year olds) and second age group (36 year olds). The majority of preschool teachers agree with arguments, which specify competitiveness as a significant factor in a child's development. Yet, they do not agree that for that reason competitiveness should be especially encouraged or that, by encouraging competitiveness, they would contribute in any way to the preparation of children to life in our so called competitive society. As far as cooperation is concerned, they think that it strengthens interpersonal relations and that preschool children are mature enough to learn the skills of cooperation. The balanced use of cooperating and competitive behaviour at planning of educational work offers children the possibility to learn social skills spontaneously and to cope with barriers and defeats constructively.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma work)
    Keywords: competitiveness, cooperation, preschool children, preschool teachers, attitudes
    Number of Pages: 57
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Marcela Batistič ZorecMentor
    asist. dr. Simona ProsenComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=8913225)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 251
    Date Deposited: 04 Oct 2011 15:26
    Last Modified: 13 Nov 2015 16:42
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/251

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