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Abstract: This study examined how head teachers at Tufts University's early childhood laboratory schools manage conflict between children in their classrooms. As head teachers, they serve as mentors, create and implement developmentally appropriate and innovative curricula, and are key players in the laboratory school culture of ongoing learning. This qualitative inquiry included individual, ... read moresemi-structured interviews with five head teachers, a group interview with three of the teachers, and observations in three classrooms. The study found a developmental change in the teachers' conceptualization of and response to children's conflicts. The findings include practices used by teachers in determining how and when to intervene in children's conflicts, as well as several areas in which the teachers still grapple with how to best support children's development through conflict resolution. Implications are discussed in terms of teacher training and further inquiry into best practices for conflict resolution in early childhood classrooms.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2014.
Submitted to the Dept. of Child Development.
Advisor: Martha Pott.
Committee: Christine McWayne, and Bruce Fraser.
Keyword: Early childhood education.read less