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Making connections and making friends: social interactions between two children labelled with special educational needs and their peers in a nursery setting.

Parry, John (2014). Making connections and making friends: social interactions between two children labelled with special educational needs and their peers in a nursery setting. Early Years: An International Research Journal, 34(3) pp. 301–314.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a pilot study of the social interactions between two children labelled with special educational needs and their peers in an early years setting. Data from play observations and staff interviews is used to examine the dynamics of friendship groups that the two children have developed and the way that they attempt to make new connections with other children. Comparisons between the two children’s interactions with their recurrent playmates and less familiar peers are drawn and the significance of their agency in making decisions about developing relationships is highlighted. A theme that also emerges is that staff facilitating rather than directing interactions between the two children and their peers has the most positive impact. Areas for further investigation are suggested including the range of relationships that children identified with special educational needs establish with their peers and the nature of adult support that most effectively supports friendships between all children.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 TACTYC
ISSN: 1472-4421
Keywords: special educational needs; friendships; social interaction; adult support
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 39892
Depositing User: John Parry
Date Deposited: 10 Apr 2014 14:18
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2019 21:22
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/39892
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