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How we address the topic of death in kindergarten

Lucija Merdavs (2022) How we address the topic of death in kindergarten. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    Each of us faces the death of a loved one once in a lifetime, one sooner, than other. No matter when it happens to us, it affects us and we need comfort, understanding and time to get over it. How we understand and perceive death depends mainly on the way we face it and how it was presented to us as a child. Feelings of death are transferred from childhood to adulthood, so it is important how death is presented to us in childhood. This topic is exactly what I will talk about in my dissertation, which is consists of theoretical and empirical work. In the theoretical part, it is written how we talk about death in kindergarten and in what way the topic can be introduced into the department through the curriculum. How taboo topics are included or excluded in the kindergarten groups. There are explained child's ideas about death and at the end is written about the role of the educator in the conversation about death with the preschool child. In the empirical part, I present the results that I performed with the interview method. I interviewed 6 educators and I was mainly interested in how and if educators introduce the topic of death in their department and the ways in which they introduce the topic or otherwise why they do not talk about it with children. The results showed me that educators still largely avoid this topic. Death topic is mostly included in the kindergarten when someone in the group loses a loved one. Only occasionally, however, some educators take advantage of actual situation to discuss this topic.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: child, educator, death, conversation, adult role, introduction of the topic to a group
    Number of Pages: 49
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Sanja BerčnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/104237571
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7153
    Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2022 10:34
    Last Modified: 08 Apr 2022 10:34
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7153

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