Preschoolers' possession-based disputes during indoor and outdoor play

Stack, Jim and Nikiforidou, Zoi (2019) Preschoolers' possession-based disputes during indoor and outdoor play. Early Child Development and Care. ISSN ISSN: 0300-4430, ESSN: 1476-8275

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At present there is little evidence documenting children’s possession-based behaviours during play within preschool settings. This ethnographic study observed the same group of 12 children over a four-month period during sustained bouts of indoor and outdoor play. An event sampling approach was employed in order to identify episodes of possession-based disputes and ways through which children with or without the involvement of the adult negotiate and resolve them. The results captured (1) the total amount of possession-based disputes, episodes where practitioners (2) were involved in the play during disputes, (3) were successful in supporting children’s resolution of possession-based disputes, and finally, (4) disputes resolved through the first-possession heuristic. The findings show how children experience possession-based disputes in relation to the contextual factors of the environment and the role of the practitioner; underlying the broader socio-cultural implications of learning culturally relevant social skills and knowledge.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article which is published by Taylor & Francis in Early Child Development and Cars on 5th August 2019, available online:
Keywords: First-possession heuristic, dispute resolution, play, role of practitioner, preschoolers
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Philippa Williams
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2019 09:58
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2019 15:41

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