INVESTIGATING BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN WITH DIVORCED PARENTS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF TEACHERS‘ VIEWS AND PRACTICES

2022-7
Yiğit, Nur Banu
The purpose of this study was to investigate the views and the classroom practices of early childhood teachers regarding behavioral problems in children with divorced parents. The participants were 15 early childhood teachers working in state early childhood education institutions in Duzce, Turkey. It was conducted as a phenomenology study within the scope of qualitative research method and data were collected through semi-structured interviews and observations. The findings revealed that teachers' content knowledge about behavioral problems and their ability to understand and manage behavioral problems were insufficient. The behavioral problems in children with divorce parents were more intense, longer-lasting and increasingly severity than the behavioral problems of other children and they encounter more violence and destructive behaviors. In addition, behavioral problems in children with divorced parents negatively affect the teaching-learning process. Teachers stated that they use one-to-one communication methods to cope with these behavioral problems, but it was observed that they mostly use reward, punishment or deprivation methods. They mostly use the method of involving families/parents in the process as a collaborative approach. This study revealed that almost all teachers’ theoretical knowledge they received at university was insufficient in the classroom, that in-service training did not contain practical information, that it was difficult for them to access information materially and morally as teachers, that it was not possible to create behavioral changes in children with special conditions such as divorce by using common methods and that for all these reasons, it has emerged that they need professional support from experts.

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Citation Formats
N. B. Yiğit, “INVESTIGATING BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS IN CHILDREN WITH DIVORCED PARENTS: A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STUDY OF TEACHERS‘ VIEWS AND PRACTICES,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2022.