EXAMINING THE PROGRAM-BASED EXPERIENCES OF PRESCHOOL TEACHERS ABOUT SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SKILLS

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2022-6-9
Demirci Ünal, Zeliha
The purpose of this research was to investigate how preschool teachers further the development of children’s social skills including communication, empathy, social problem solving, sharing, and helping in the scope of Ministry of National Education [MoNE] Preschool Education Program. The researcher prepared a qualitative phenomenological study to determine teachers’ views and self-reported practices and obtained documentary evidence of how they had sought to support children’s social skills. Data for this study were obtained from interviews with 13 in-service preschool teachers working with 5–6-year-old children in public preschools in Ankara, Turkey, and a review of the education plans they had used throughout the semester. As the data collection source, the interview questions and the document review codebook were prepared by the researcher. It was found that all participants consider early childhood education program to be very important for the development of children's social skills. All reported that they include social skills activities regularly in their education plans and consider program-based factors such as gains/indicators, materials, parent involvement and assessment while planning social skills activities. When the content of teachers’ education plans is examined, some similarities with teachers’ self-reported practices in terms of activity type, material, and social skill type are seen. However, it was found that there were considerable inconsistencies between two data types regarding learning environment, interval of activities, gains/indicators, parent involvement and assessment. The study concludes with recommendations for further research and suggestions for all stakeholders involved in promoting preschoolers’ social skills.

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Z. Demirci Ünal, “EXAMINING THE PROGRAM-BASED EXPERIENCES OF PRESCHOOL TEACHERS ABOUT SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S SOCIAL SKILLS,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.