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Happily ever after - Preschool learning about death and grief through fairy tales

Teja Černe (2022) Happily ever after - Preschool learning about death and grief through fairy tales. MSc thesis.

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    The master's thesis researches the formation of the concept of death and the grieving process in preschool children, and how this topic is discussed, especially within the context of kindergarten education. It highlights the fairy tale as one method of bringing this topic closer to preschool children and as a method of providing help when experiencing an actual loss. The theoretical section begins by defining the characteristics of the preschool period – the child's emotional, social and cognitive development – and the importance of kindergarten for the child. As the child develops, so does his/her concept of death; the latter influences the child's grieving process when experiencing an actual loss. In addition to the child's concept of death, we also focus on the specifics of the child's grieving process and on the different ways in which adults can discuss this topic with the child. The fairy tale is highlighted and presented, as well as its role in teaching the child about important life topics. The fairy tale is presented as an appropriate preventive and curative method in this regard, which can also be used by social pedagogues in their practice. The empirical section examines whether the topic of death and grief is discussed in kindergarten and in what way (if at all) the preschool teachers go about it. We were also interested in the frequency and uses of the fairy tale, also in connection with learning about death and grief. We focused on suggestions stemming from experience, which would be of help in writing a potentially appropriate children's fairy tale on the topic of death. Based on the theoretical findings and the interview results, a story was written entitled Manja, the Girl with Green Eyes. In addition to all the observations obtained during the research, this story also contributes to the existing, though not that diverse, Slovenian literature on this topic. Whereas all the findings combined will be of help in planning the learning process on the topic of death and grief, or in the process of providing help to a child who has lost someone close to them.

    Item Type: Thesis (MSc thesis)
    Keywords: child, preschool period, fairy tale, death, kindergarten, grief
    Number of Pages: 109
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Nataša Zrim MartinjakMentor
    Link to COBISS: https://plus.si.cobiss.net/opac7/bib/peflj/114676227
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 7280
    Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2022 11:13
    Last Modified: 08 Jul 2022 11:13
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/7280

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