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ERIC Number: EJ945679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1068-6177
Social Skills: Laying the Foundation for Success
Lynch, Sharon A.; Simpson, Cynthia G.
Dimensions of Early Childhood, v38 n2 p3-12 Spr-Sum 2010
Well-informed teachers of young children recognize the importance of children's social development. The development of social skills lays a critical foundation for later academic achievement as well as work-related skills. Social development is such a key issue with young children that a number of methods to address social skills have been advocated. Some of these methods include: (1) setting up classrooms to enhance social development; (2) providing play opportunities to promote social functioning; and (3) teaching social skills directly. Teaching social skills can incorporate a number of techniques, including direct instruction, learning from peers, prevention of problem behaviors, and children's books. Many social behaviors are better learned among peers, so teachers of young children are in a unique position to promote social learning in their classrooms. This article provides teachers with several research-based strategies to promote young children's social skills development. (Contains 2 tables.)
Southern Early Childhood Association. P.O. Box 55930, Little Rock, AR 72215. Tel: 800-305-7322; Fax: 501-227-5297; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Preschool Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Individuals with Disabilities Education Act