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Child-peers talk: a preliminary study

Sankaran, Suguna and Badzis, Mastura (2017) Child-peers talk: a preliminary study. International Journal for Studies on Children, Women, Elderly And Disabled, 2. pp. 16-24. E-ISSN 0128-309X

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Talk between child and peers are apparent in every preschool. Talk enhances child’s communication and social skills besides developing one’s self confidence. In fact developing communication skills is one of the objectives highlighted in the preschool curriculum in Malaysia. This preliminary study was carried out to investigate the types of talk between child and peers during learning activities, in particular, individual task and free play sessions. The data arises from qualitative study investigating preschoolers aged 6 years old from two preschools in Klang district, Selangor, Malaysia. Twenty preschoolers aged six years old were drawn from purposive sampling, based on the preschool teachers’ suggestion of children who talk the most in the preschool classroom. This study is significant since there are limited studies in child-peers talk especially in preschools in Malaysia. Non-participant classroom observation was conducted and field-notes were taken during the observation. The findings of this preliminary study revealed two major types of child-peers talk, namely: on-task talk and off-task talk. Each type of talk was categorized further based on the thematic analysis of the data collected. Implication of this preliminary study showed that more opportunities should be given for children to engage in quality children talk.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 2152/57216
Uncontrolled Keywords: Preschoolers, child-peers talk, on-task talk, off-task talk.
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Education
Depositing User: Mastura Badzis
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 16:11
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:29
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/57216

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