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Supporting peer relationships in early education

Gallagher, K. C., & Sylvester, P. R.
In Barbarin, O. A., & Wasik, B. H. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of child development and early education: Research to practice. New York: Guilford Press.

ISBN-10: 1606233025
ISBN-13: 978-1606233023

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The authors review children’s classroom-based peer relationships and suggest ways teachers can support children’s social and academic development. The chapter examines the meaning of children’s friendships, children’s peer groups and the role of play. The authors examine problems in early peer relationships such as bullying and isolation, and discuss classroom processes that facilitate positive peer relationships.