The Child's World: His Social Perception

The Child's World: His Social Perception

The Child's World: His Social Perception

The Child's World: His Social Perception

Excerpt

This book is about the way children view their social world: what they "see" when looking at a farm or factory, rich people or poor, a church or capitol building. It is meant for all those who are concerned with children of elementary school age. The aim of this book is to describe what children had to say about certain life situations presenting contrasts in rural and urban environment, upper and lower socioeconomic background, and in child and adult activities. Comparisons were made of the reactions of farm and city children, boys and girls, pupils in first grade and sixth, as well as between bright and below-average children in order to arrive at an understanding of social perception. It is hoped that the findings will be helpful to students and practitioners in the field of child development and related areas.

The ideas in this book are the outcome of three separate investigations. The first was centered on the social-problem awareness of upper- and lower-status children living in an Illinois city of approximately 85,000. Under a series of grants from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School Research Committee this work was expanded. Further techniques and materials were developed in studying the middle-class children of a Madison suburb. The study on which this volume is based involved children attending oneroom schools in a rural Wisconsin county and children in the public schools of a city of approximately 50,000 located in the same state.

The authors are most appreciative of the whole-hearted cooperation which they received from the children and personnel of the participating school systems. Many others have contributed to these projects in various ways. Special mention should be made of Dr. Dorothy M. Sawin and Dr. Irvin J. Lehmann, whose contributions are reflected in their doctoral dissertations, and to Wilma Youngert . . .

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